Legislation in 2022 – 1010 for support

 

CSLC Bill Positions

CSLC Bill Positions

 

 

 

May 12, 2022- End of Session



SUPPORT

 

Senate Bill 22-086 Senators Faith Winter and Representative Matt Grey

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION AND CONSUMER DEBT PROTECTION

Current Colorado consumer protection laws are relatively weak; while they are intended to protect income and property needed to meet basic needs – such as housing, cars, tools and other property needed to work, current protections have been outpaced by home and vehicle values, inflation and the rising cost of living. Recently, the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) rated Colorado a “D” because of how few resources we exempt from extraordinary collections from debt collection, judgments, garnishment and in Bankruptcy. The bill increases the CO Homestead Exemption and adds non-traditional housing; reinstates bank account exemption which was in effect in 2/2020 to 06/01/2021 due to COVID; increases vehicle exemption; increases disability benefit exemption; increases farm equipment/livestock exemption; adds exemption for future economic stimulus payments; adds firearm/hunting equipment exemption [up to $1,000]; adds exemption for health savings accounts; add exemption for funds reserved for taxes & insurance on some reverse mortgages; keeps exemptions on unemployment & child support even if funds commingled.

Fiscal note: No fiscal impact

Signed into Law



Senate Bill 22-087 Senators Brittany Petersen and Rhonda Fieldss and Representatives Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez and Dafna Michaelson Jenet

HEALTHY MEALS FOR ALL PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS

The bill creates the Healthy School Meals for All program in the Colorado Department of Education to provide reimbursement to school food authorities for offering free meals to all students, and to offer local food purchasing grants and increase employee wages. It also requires that CDE apply to participate in a federal direct certification demonstration project.

Fiscal note: $491,172 in 2022-2023; $294,401 in 2023-24; 2024-2025 $60- $90 million

This bill died. Replaced by HB1414, which refers a measure to the Fall 2022 ballot.



Senate Bill 22-099 Representatives Dennis Hisey and Robert Rodriguez 

SEALING CRIMINAL RECORDS

Automates the process for sealing criminal records for those records that are eligible for sealing by the court under current law, for crimes not subject to the Victims’ Rights Amendment. The bill makes it an unfair employment practice to discharge or to refuse to hire a person based on contents of a sealed record and makes it an unfair housing practice to refuse to show, sell, transfer, rent, or lease housing based on the contents of a sealed criminal record.

Fiscal Note: $896,228 in 2022-23; $8,085,702 in 2023-24; $1,271,562 in 2024-25

Governor



Senate Bill 22-138 – Representatives Chris Hansen and Kevin Priola and Senators Alex Valdez and Karen McCormick

REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS IN COLORADO

Colorado used to ban small off-road equipment like lawn mowers, but now the bill includes a number of provisions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the state. State income tax credit for electric- powered small off-road equipment required. PERA and insurance companies to study climate risks to their investment portfolios. Authorizes the Dept of Natural Resources to regulate Class VI injection wells, Requires the Dep of Agriculture to study carbon sequestration.  It authorizes the Dept of Natural Resources to regulate certain oil and gas sites.  

Fiscal Note: As an income tax credit, expected to grow to $9 million by 2023-24

Died as clock ran out. 



Senate Bill 22-140 Senators James Coleman (D) and Bob Gardner (R) and Representative Barbara McLachlan (D) and Judy Aimable (D)

EXPANSION OF EXPERIENTIAL LERARNING OPPORTUNITIES

This bill expands and formalizes work- based learning, including assistance to employers and formalization of expectations for WBL. The bill also identifies that two intermediary organizations will reach out to youth and adults who have been historically excluded from work-based learning opportunities through the future of work office in CDLE. The bill would also address digital inequities, including access to technology, skills training , cybersecurity and affordable internet services. And adding a digital navigation program. The bill also creates an 18 month Global Talent Task Force in the Office of New Americans to study the credential process for certain in-demand occupations, look at international credentials, and take advantage of the global pool of skilled workers. The office would also provide tools for English Language learners to enter work-based learning programs to improve language and skills development for specific occupations. 

Fiscal Note:  $6.1 million in ARPA funds

Governor



House Bill 22-1010   Representatives Emily Sirota and Tonya Van Beber and Senators Janice Buckner and Barbara Kirkmeyer

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR INCOME TAX CREDIT

The bill creates a refundable income tax credit for early childhood educators who have an adjusted gross income of less than or equal to $75,000 for a single return or $150,000 for a joint return, has held an early childhood professional credential for at least six months, and is the licensee of an eligible early childcare program or employed by an eligible program for at least six months. An eligible program is an early childhood education program or licensed family childcare home that has held a level two Colorado Shines quality rating and has a fiscal agreement with the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) or meets the federal standards for a Head Start Program. The credit can be claimed from January 1, 2022, through January 1, 2027. Credit amounts include: ∙ $750 for an Early Childcare Professional I ∙ $1000 for an Early Childcare Professional II; and ∙ $1,500 for an Early Childcare Professional III,IV, V, VI.

Fiscal Note: $185,674 in 2022-23, $110,200 in 2023-24. When implemented, the tax credit will reduce state revenues by approximately $13,7000,000 per year. 

Governor



House Bill 22-1050 Representative Naquetta Ricks and Senator Janet Buckner (D))

INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATE INTERGRATE HEALTH CARE WORKFORCE

Establishes the following two programs in CDLE to assist international medical graduates (IMGs) seeking to integrate into the state’s health-care workforce:

  • The IMG assistance program, the purpose of which is to provide direct services to IMGs, including a review of an IMG’s education, training, and experience to recommend appropriate next steps for integrating IMGs into the state’s health-care workforce; technical support through the credential evaluation process; and scholarships to assist in defraying the medical licensure process; and
  • The clinical readiness program, the purpose of which is to provide curriculum for and assessments of IMGs to help them build the skills necessary to enter a medical residency program.

With regard to requirements for licensure under the “Colorado Medical Practice Act”, it reduces the length of postgraduate clinical training that an IMG must complete to qualify for a medical license from up to 3 years to one year; and allows an IMG to obtain a reentry license f the IMG has a current or expired international Medical license and meets Colorado medical board-specified qualifications and requirements.

Fiscal Note Amended to gifts, grants and donations. Implemented if G,G, D total $814,000. 

To Governor



House Bill 22-1083 Representatives Kerry Tipper and Janice Rich and Senator Faith Winter 

COLORADO HOMELESS CONTRIBUTION INCOME TAX CREDIT

This bill upgrades and enhances the current enterprise zone contribution tax credit that is used to support organizations that serve people experiencing homelessness. Benefits of this improvement include: • Making the credit available to providers statewide; • Expanding the types of homeless services that are eligible to include street outreach, homelessness prevention, and emergency shelter programs; • Incentivizing donations to providers in rural and distressed areas; • And simplifying the administration of the credit.

Fiscal note: About $200,000 expenditure. Reduces state revenue by about $8 million when fully implemented. 

Governor



House Bill 22-1244 Representative Chris Kennedy and Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez and 

PUBLIC PROTECTIONS FROM TOXIC AIR CONTAMINANTS

 Colo has one of the worst systems in the country to identify toxic air toxins. This will create a comprehensive regulatory framework for air toxins by requiring the CDPHE to set health-based standards for each air toxic. Required them to also consider and prevent cumulative impacts of hazardous air pollutants when processing air pollution permits for facilities. CDPHE has strong push back Kennedy, Gonzalez-Guttierez and Gonzales. Every lobbyist/industry is lobbying against this, and they need Coloradans to send in support. There have been many amendments because of the industry opposition. 

Fiscal Note: $3.5 million, growing to $5 million general fund

Governor



House Bill 22-1259 Representatives Monica Duran and Iman Jodeh and Senator Dominick Moreno

MODIFICATIONS TO COLORADO WORKS PROGRAM

The bill, as amended increases the monthly grant for families in Colorado Works (TANF) by 10% (e.g., from $508 per month for a family of 3 to $551 per month) and adds a yearly cost of living increase. It directs the State Board of Human Service to design a more gradually phase out of TANF support as one moves from welfare to work to avoid loss of benefits immediately upon getting a job. It standardizes across the state the criteria for exemption to mandatory work participation and up to the 5-year lifetime limit to the degree allowed by federal law. It reduces sanctions for violating program rules like missing meetings. It adds outreach efforts and recipient voice, including exit interviews, to the program.

Fiscal note: As amended: About $28 million in 2024-25. 2022 -2024 uses federal ARPA money. After that, the bill is paid for using 1/3 TANF funds; 1/3 General Fund and 1/3 Unclaimed Property Funds.

Senate Third



House Bill 22-1269 Representatives Susan Lontine and Senator Chris Hansen

HEALTH CARE SHARING CONSUMER PROTECTIONS

The bill requires any person that is not authorized to engage in the business of insurance in this state but that offers or intends to offer a plan or arrangement to facilitate payment of or to cover health-care costs or services for Colorado residents to annually submit to the commissioner of insurance (commissioner) specified information and a certification that the information is accurate and complies with the requirements of the bill. The submission must include information about the operation of the plan or arrangement in the immediately preceding calendar year, including:

  • The number of participants in the plan or arrangement.
  • The total amount of fees, dues, or other payments collected from participants and the percentage of fees, dues, or other payments that the person retained.
  • The total amount of payments made to providers or to reimburse participants for health-care services provided or received.
  • The estimated number of participants the person anticipates in the next calendar year.
  • The counties in which the person offers or intends to offer a plan or arrangement and any other states in which the person offers a plan or arrangement.
  • A list of third parties associated with, or offering or enrolling participants in a plan or arrangement on behalf of, the person and a detailed accounting of commissions or other remuneration paid to a third party for services provided in promoting or administering the plan or arrangement.
  • The person’s reserve balance; and
  • Contact information for an individual serving as the person’s contact person in this state, a list of the person’s officers and directors, and the person’s organizational chart.

Within 45 days after receipt, the commissioner is to determine whether a submission by a person is complete. Each year, the commissioner is to compile a report summarizing the information submitted by persons, post the report on the division of insurance website, and submit the report to specified legislative committees. The commissioner is authorized to adopt rules to implement the bill and to issue an emergency cease-and-desist order against a person that fails to comply with the requirements of the bill.

Fiscal Note: $93,084 in 2022-23; $68,000 in 2023-24

Governor

 

House Bill 22-1279 Representatives Meg Froelich and Daneya Esgar and Senator Julie Gonzales 

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH EQUITY ACT

The bill declares that every individual has a fundamental right to use or refuse contraception; every pregnant individual has a fundamental right to continue the pregnancy and give birth or to have an abortion; and a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent or derivative rights under the laws of the state.

The bill prohibits state and local public entities from:

  • Denying, restricting, interfering with, or discriminating against an individual’s fundamental right to use or refuse contraception or to continue a pregnancy and give birth or to have an abortion in the regulation or provision of benefits, services, information, or facilities; and
  • Depriving, through prosecution, punishment, or other means, an individual of the individual’s right to act or refrain from acting during the individual’s own pregnancy based on the potential, actual, or perceived impact on the pregnancy, the pregnancy’s outcomes, or on the pregnant individual’s health.

Fiscal Note:  None

Signed into Law



House Bill 22-1284 Representatives Daneya Esgar and Marc Catlin and Senators Bob Gardner and Brittany Petersen

HEALTH INSURANCE SURPRISE BILLING PROTECTIONS

The bill changes current state law to align with the federal “No Surprises Act” (act) by:

  • Allowing a covered person who requests an independent external review of a health-care coverage decision to request a review to determine if the services that were provided or may be provided by an out-of-network provider or facility are subject to an in-network benefit level of coverage.
  • Requiring that payments made for health-care services provided at an in-network facility or by an out-of-network provider be applied to the covered person’s in-network deductible and any out-of-pocket maximum amounts as if the services were provided by an in-network provider.
  • Requiring that emergency health-care services, regardless of the facility at which they are provided, be covered at the in-network benefit level.
  • Requiring each health insurance carrier (carrier) to cover post-stabilization services to stabilize a patient after a medical emergency at the in-network benefit level unless specific criteria are met.
  • Requiring carriers to develop disclosures to provide to covered persons that comply with the act.
  • Requiring the commissioner of insurance (commissioner) and certain regulators of health-care occupations to adopt rules concerning disclosure requirements, including a list of ancillary services for which a provider or facility cannot charge a balance bill.
  • Requiring the commissioner to convene a work group to facilitate and streamline the implementation of the payment of claims for services provided by an out-of-network provider at an in-network facility and for services surrounding a medical emergency.
  • Prohibiting a carrier from recalculating a covered person’s cost-sharing amount based on an additional payment made as a result of arbitration.
  • Requiring the parties to an arbitration over health-care coverage to split the costs of the arbitrator if the parties reach an agreement before the final decision of the arbitrator.
  • Allowing administrators of self-funded health benefit plans to elect to be subject to state law concerning coverage for health-care services from out-of-network providers and facilities.
  • Authorizing the commissioner to promulgate rules to implement the requirements of the act.
  • Changing the amount of time that a managed care plan must allow a person to continue to receive care from a provider from 60 to 90 days after the date an in-network provider is terminated from a plan without cause.
  • Implementing specific requirements for health-care coverage and services for covered persons who are continuing care patients of a provider or facility whose contract with the patient’s health insurer is terminated; and
  • Allowing an out-of-network provider and an out-of-network facility to charge a covered person a balance bill for health-care services other than ancillary services if the out-of-network provider complies with specific notice requirements and obtains the covered person’s signed consent.

The bill changes from January 1 to March 1 the date by which a carrier is required to submit information to the commissioner concerning the use of out-of-network providers and out-of-network facilities and the impact on health insurance premiums for consumers.

Fiscal Note: $280,127 one-time funds

Governor



House Bill 22-1287 Representatives Andrew Boesenecker and Edie Hooton and Senator Faith Winter

PROTECTIONS FOR MOBILE HOME PARK RESIDENTS

This bill adds protection for residents of Mobile Home Parks in three basic areas:

-Lot rent stabilization- parameters for how much lot rents can increase year over year.This section was amended out under Governor’s veto threat.

-Opportunity to purchase- lengthens timelines for residents of a mobile home park that has gone up for sale to come up with a counteroffer. Expands ability for residents to assign their right to purchase their mobile home park working in conjunction with a local government.

-Strengthen and clarify the Alternative Dispute Resolution process in Department of Local Affairs for resident complaints against park owners. Adds some ability to enforce provisions of the Mobile Home Park Act. 

-Relocation assistance in event of park closure

Fiscal Note: As amended $116,293/ yr. in cash funds

Governor



House Bill 22-1289 Representatives Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez and Julie McCluskie and Senator Dominck Moreno

COVER ALL COLORADANS

The bill expands Medicaid coverage to low-income pregnant people and children, regardless of immigration status; requires the Insurance Commissioner to improve the quality of health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Affordability Enterprise; and extends a survey of birthing parents indefinitely, among other requirements

Fiscal Note: About $17 million per year

Governor



House Bill 22-1362 – Representatives Tracey Bernett and Alex Valdez and Senators Chris Hansen and Faith Winter

BUILDING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

-Health issues – Children with gas powered stoves are more likely to have asthma. Asks city and county building codes to adopt IECC Int’l energy conservation code by 2025 rather than otherwise by 2030. Includes $3 million for code training, $22 mil to support decarbonization of public buildings and with a specific focus on disproportionately impacted communities. 

Fiscal Note: One time $25 million from General Fund to develop code and fund equipment. Ongoing expense is $6 million per year. 

Governor



For questions, or more information contact CSLC Legislative Chair: Chaer Robert crobert@cclponline.org . CSLC members seeking a bill endorsement on an already introduced bill, please submit bill position request form available on our website: www.cslc.org or by emailing crobert@cclponline.org

 

May 9, 2022

SUPPORT

Senate Bill 22-086 Senators Faith Winter and Representative Matt Grey
HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION AND CONSUMER DEBT PROTECTION
Current Colorado consumer protection laws are relatively weak; while they are intended to protect
income and property needed to meet basic needs – such as housing, cars, tools and other property
needed to work, current protections have been outpaced by home and vehicle values, inflation and
the rising cost of living. Recently, the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) rated Colorado a “D”
because of how few resources we exempt from extraordinary collections from debt collection,
judgments, garnishment and in Bankruptcy. The bill increases the CO Homestead Exemption and
adds non-traditional housing; reinstates bank account exemption which was in effect in 2/2020 to
06/01/2021 due to COVID; increases vehicle exemption; increases disability benefit exemption;
increases farm equipment/livestock exemption; adds exemption for future economic stimulus
payments; adds firearm/hunting equipment exemption [up to $1,000]; adds exemption for health
savings accounts; add exemption for funds reserved for taxes & insurance on some reverse
mortgages; keeps exemptions on unemployment & child support even if funds commingled.
Fiscal note: No fiscal impact
Signed into Law
Senate Bill 22-087 Senators Brittany Petersen and Rhonda Fieldss and Representatives Serena
Gonzales-Gutierrez and Dafna Michaelson Jenet
HEALTHY MEALS FOR ALL PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS
The bill creates the Healthy School Meals for All program in the Colorado Department of Education to
provide reimbursement to school food authorities for offering free meals to all students, and to offer
local food purchasing grants and increase employee wages. It also requires that CDE apply to
participate in a federal direct certification demonstration project.
Fiscal note: $491,172 in 2022-2023; $294,401 in 2023-24; 2024-2025 $60- $90 million
Senate Appropriations – Replaced by HB1414
Senate Bill 22-099 Representatives Dennis Hisey and Robert Rodriguez
SEALING CRIMINAL RECORDS
Automates the process for sealing criminal records for those records that are eligible for sealing by
the court under current law, for crimes not subject to the Victims’ Rights Amendment. The bill makes
it an unfair employment practice to discharge or to refuse to hire a person based on contents of a
sealed record and makes it an unfair housing practice to refuse to show, sell, transfer, rent, or lease
housing based on the contents of a sealed criminal record.

Fiscal Note: $896,228 in 2022-23; $8,085,702 in 2023-24; $1,271,562 in 2024-25
Governor
Senate Bill 22-138 – Representatives Chris Hansen and Kevin Priola and Senators Alex Valdez and
Karen McCormick
REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS IN COLORADO
Colorado used to ban small off-road equipment like lawn mowers, but now the bill includes a number
of provisions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the state. State income tax credit for
electric- powered small off-road equipment required. PERA and insurance companies to study
climate risks to their investment portfolios. Authorizes the Dept of Natural Resources to regulate
Class VI injection wells, Requires the Dep of Agriculture to study carbon sequestration.  It authorizes
the Dept of Natural Resources to regulate certain oil and gas sites.  
Fiscal Note: As an income tax credit, expected to grow to $9 million by 2023-24
Senate Third

Senate Bill 22-140 Senators James Coleman (D) and Bob Gardner (R) and Representative Barbara
McLachlan (D) and Judy Aimable (D)
EXPANSION OF EXPERIENTIAL LERARNING OPPORTUNITIES
This bill expands and formalizes work- based learning, including assistance to employers and
formalization of expectations for WBL. The bill also identifies that two intermediary organizations will
reach out to youth and adults who have been historically excluded from work-based learning
opportunities through the future of work office in CDLE. The bill would also address digital inequities,
including access to technology, skills training , cybersecurity and affordable internet services. And
adding a digital navigation program. The bill also creates an 18 month Global Talent Task Force in
the Office of New Americans to study the credential process for certain in-demand occupations, look
at international credentials, and take advantage of the global pool of skilled workers. The office would
also provide tools for English Language learners to enter work-based learning programs to improve
language and skills development for specific occupations.
Fiscal Note: $6.1 million in ARPA funds
House Third Reading

House Bill 22-1010 Representatives Emily Sirota and Tonya Van Beber and Senators Janice
Buckner and Barbara Kirkmeyer
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR INCOME TAX CREDIT
The bill creates a refundable income tax credit for early childhood educators who have an adjusted
gross income of less than or equal to $75,000 for a single return or $85,000 for a joint return, has held
an early childhood professional credential for at least six months, and is the licensee of an eligible
early childcare program or employed by an eligible program for at least six months. An eligible
program is an early childhood education program or licensed family childcare home that has held a
level two Colorado Shines quality rating and has a fiscal agreement with the Colorado Child Care
Assistance Program (CCCAP) or meets the federal standards for a Head Start Program. The credit
can be claimed from January 1, 2022, through January 1, 2027. Credit amounts include:  $500 for an
Early Childcare Professional I, IV, V, and VI;  $750 for an Early Childcare Professional II; and 
$1,000 for an Early Childcare Professional III.
Fiscal Note: $185,674 in 2022-23, $110,200 in 2023-24. When implemented, the tax credit will reduce state revenues by
approximately $13,7000,000 per year.
Concurrence
House Bill 22-1050 Representative Naquetta Ricks and Senator Janet Buckner (D))

INTERMATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATE INTERGRATE HEALTH CARE
WORKFORCE
Establishes the following two programs in CDLE to assist international medical graduates (IMGs)
seeking to integrate into the state’s health-care workforce:
 The IMG assistance program, the purpose of which is to provide direct services to IMGs, including a review of an IMG’s
education, training, and experience to recommend appropriate next steps for integrating IMGs into the state’s health-care
workforce; technical support through the credential evaluation process; and scholarships to assist in defraying the medical
licensure process; and
 The clinical readiness program, the purpose of which is to provide curriculum for and assessments of IMGs to help them build
the skills necessary to enter a medical residency program.
With regard to requirements for licensure under the "Colorado Medical Practice Act" , it
reduces the length of postgraduate clinical training that an IMG must complete to qualify for a medical
license from up to 3 years to one year; and allows an IMG to obtain a reentry license f the IMG has a
current or expired international Medical license and meets Colorado medical board-specified
qualifications and requirements.
Fiscal Note Amended to gifts, grants and donations. Implemented if G,G, D total $814,000.
House Appropriations
House Bill 22-1083 Representatives Kerry Tipper and Janice Rich and Senator Faith Winter
COLORADO HOMELESS CONTRIBUTION INCOME TAX CREDIT
This bill upgrades and enhances the current enterprise zone contribution tax credit that is used to
support organizations that serve people experiencing homelessness. Benefits of this improvement
include: • Making the credit available to providers statewide; • Expanding the types of homeless
services that are eligible to include street outreach, homelessness prevention, and emergency shelter
programs; • Incentivizing donations to providers in rural and distressed areas; • And simplifying the
administration of the credit.
Fiscal note: About $200,000 expenditure. Reduces state revenue by about $8 million when fully implemented.
Concurrence

House Bill 22-1244 Representative Chris Kennedy and Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez and
PUBLIC PROTECTIONS FROM TOXIC AIR CONTAMINANTS
Colo has one of the worst systems in the country to identify toxic air toxins. This will create a
comprehensive regulatory framework for air toxins by requiring the CDPHE to set health-based
standards for each air toxic. Required them to also consider and prevent cumulative impacts of
hazardous air pollutants when processing air pollution permits for facilities. CDPHE has strong push
back Kennedy, Gonzalez-Guttierez and Gonzales. Every lobbyist/industry is lobbying against this,
and they need Coloradans to send in support. There have been many amendments because of the
industry opposition.
Fiscal Note: $3.5 million, growing to $5 million general fund
Senate State Affairs

House Bill 22-1259 Representatives Monica Duran and Iman Jodeh and Senator Dominick Moreno
MODIFICATIONS TO COLORADO WORKS PROGRAM
The bill, as amended increases the monthly grant for families in Colorado Works (TANF) from 28%of
the Federal Poverty Level (e.g., $508 per month for a family of 3) to 31% of FPL and adds a yearly
cost of living increase. It directs the State Board of Human Service to design a more gradually phase
out of TANF support as one moves from welfare to work to avoid loss of benefits immediately upon

getting a job. It standardizes across the state the criteria for exemption to mandatory work
participation and up to the 5-year lifetime limit to the degree allowed by federal law. It reduces
sanctions for violating program rules like missing meetings. It adds outreach efforts and recipient
voice, including exit interviews, to the program.
Fiscal note: As amended: About $35 million in 2023-24. 2022 -2024 uses federal ARPA money. After that, the bill is paid
for using 1/3 TANF funds; 1/3 General Fund and 1/3 Unclaimed Property Funds.
Senate Third

House Bill 22-1269 Representatives Susan Lontine and Senator Chris Hansen
HEALTH CARE SHARING CONSUMER PROTECTIONS
The bill requires any person that is not authorized to engage in the business of insurance in this state
but that offers or intends to offer a plan or arrangement to facilitate payment of or to cover health-care
costs or services for Colorado residents to annually submit to the commissioner of insurance
(commissioner) specified information and a certification that the information is accurate and complies
with the requirements of the bill. The submission must include information about the operation of the
plan or arrangement in the immediately preceding calendar year, including:
 The number of participants in the plan or arrangement.
 The total amount of fees, dues, or other payments collected from participants and the percentage of fees, dues, or other
payments that the person retained.
 The total amount of payments made to providers or to reimburse participants for health-care services provided or received.
 The estimated number of participants the person anticipates in the next calendar year.
 The counties in which the person offers or intends to offer a plan or arrangement and any other states in which the person
offers a plan or arrangement.
 A list of third parties associated with, or offering or enrolling participants in a plan or arrangement on behalf of, the person and
a detailed accounting of commissions or other remuneration paid to a third party for services provided in promoting or
administering the plan or arrangement.
 The person’s reserve balance; and
 Contact information for an individual serving as the person’s contact person in this state, a list of the person’s officers and
directors, and the person’s organizational chart.
Within 45 days after receipt, the commissioner is to determine whether a submission by a
person is complete. Each year, the commissioner is to compile a report summarizing the information
submitted by persons, post the report on the division of insurance website, and submit the report to
specified legislative committees. The commissioner is authorized to adopt rules to implement the bill
and to issue an emergency cease-and-desist order against a person that fails to comply with the
requirements of the bill.
Fiscal Note: $93,084 in 2022-23; $68,000 in 2023-24
Governor

House Bill 22-1279 Representatives Meg Froelich and Daneya Esgar and Senator Julie Gonzales
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH EQUITY ACT
The bill declares that every individual has a fundamental right to use or refuse contraception; every
pregnant individual has a fundamental right to continue the pregnancy and give birth or to have an
abortion; and a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent or derivative rights under
the laws of the state.
The bill prohibits state and local public entities from:
 Denying, restricting, interfering with, or discriminating against an individual’s fundamental right to use or refuse contraception
or to continue a pregnancy and give birth or to have an abortion in the regulation or provision of benefits, services, information,
or facilities; and
 Depriving, through prosecution, punishment, or other means, an individual of the individual’s right to act or refrain from acting
during the individual’s own pregnancy based on the potential, actual, or perceived impact on the pregnancy, the pregnancy’s
outcomes, or on the pregnant individual’s health.

Fiscal Note: None
Signed into Law

House Bill 22-1284 Representatives Daneya Esgar and Marc Catlin and Senators Bob Gardner and
Brittany Petersen
HEALTH INSURANCE SURPRISE BILLING PROTECTIONS
The bill changes current state law to align with the federal “No Surprises Act” (act) by:
 Allowing a covered person who requests an independent external review of a health-care coverage decision to request a
review to determine if the services that were provided or may be provided by an out-of-network provider or facility are subject
to an in-network benefit level of coverage.
 Requiring that payments made for health-care services provided at an in-network facility or by an out-of-network provider be
applied to the covered person’s in-network deductible and any out-of-pocket maximum amounts as if the services were
provided by an in-network provider.
 Requiring that emergency health-care services, regardless of the facility at which they are provided, be covered at the in-
network benefit level.
 Requiring each health insurance carrier (carrier) to cover post-stabilization services to stabilize a patient after a medical
emergency at the in-network benefit level unless specific criteria are met.
 Requiring carriers to develop disclosures to provide to covered persons that comply with the act.
 Requiring the commissioner of insurance (commissioner) and certain regulators of health-care occupations to adopt rules
concerning disclosure requirements, including a list of ancillary services for which a provider or facility cannot charge a
balance bill.
 Requiring the commissioner to convene a work group to facilitate and streamline the implementation of the payment of claims
for services provided by an out-of-network provider at an in-network facility and for services surrounding a medical emergency.
 Prohibiting a carrier from recalculating a covered person’s cost-sharing amount based on an additional payment made as a
result of arbitration.
 Requiring the parties to an arbitration over health-care coverage to split the costs of the arbitrator if the parties reach an
agreement before the final decision of the arbitrator.
 Allowing administrators of self-funded health benefit plans to elect to be subject to state law concerning coverage for health-
care services from out-of-network providers and facilities.
 Authorizing the commissioner to promulgate rules to implement the requirements of the act.
 Changing the amount of time that a managed care plan must allow a person to continue to receive care from a provider from
60 to 90 days after the date an in-network provider is terminated from a plan without cause.
 Implementing specific requirements for health-care coverage and services for covered persons who are continuing care
patients of a provider or facility whose contract with the patient’s health insurer is terminated; and
 Allowing an out-of-network provider and an out-of-network facility to charge a covered person a balance bill for health-care
services other than ancillary services if the out-of-network provider complies with specific notice requirements and obtains the
covered person’s signed consent.
The bill changes from January 1 to March 1 the date by which a carrier is required to submit
information to the commissioner concerning the use of out-of-network providers and out-of-network
facilities and the impact on health insurance premiums for consumers.
Fiscal Note: $280,127 one-time funds
Concurrence
House Bill 22-1287 Representatives Andrew Boesenecker and Edie Hooton and Senator Faith Winter
PROTECTIONS FOR MOBILE HOME PARK RESIDENTS
This bill adds protection for residents of Mobile Home Parks in three basic areas:
 Lot rent stabilization- parameters for how much lot rents can increase year over year. —This section was amended out
under Governor’s veto threat.
 Opportunity to purchase- lengthens timelines for residents of a mobile home park that has gone up for sale to come up with a
counteroffer. Expands ability for residents to assign their right to purchase their mobile home park working in conjunction with
a local government.
 Strengthen and clarify the Alternative Dispute Resolution process in Department of Local Affairs for resident complaints
against park owners. Adds some ability to enforce provisions of the Mobile Home Park Act.
Fiscal Note: As amended $116,293/ yr. in cash funds
Concurrence

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House Bill 22-1289 Representatives Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez and Julie McCluskie and Senator
Dominck Moreno
COVER ALL COLORADANS
The bill expands Medicaid coverage to low-income pregnant people and children, regardless of
immigration status; requires the Insurance Commissioner to improve the quality of health insurance
coverage through the Health Insurance Affordability Enterprise; and extends a survey of birthing
parents indefinitely, among other requirements
Fiscal Note: About $17 million per year
Concurrence
House Bill 22-1362 – Representatives Tracey Bernett and Alex Valdez and Senators Chris Hansen
and Faith Winter
BUILDING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
-Health issues – Children with gas powered stoves are more likely to have asthma. Asks city and
county building codes to adopt IECC Int’l energy conservation code by 2025 rather than otherwise by
2030. Includes $3 million for code training, $22 mil to support decarbonization of public buildings and
with a specific focus on disproportionately impacted communities.
Fiscal Note: One time $25 million from General Fund to develop code and fund equipment. Ongoing expense is $6 million
per year.
Senate Third

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SUPPORT

 

Senate Bill 22-086 Senators Faith Winter and Representative Matt Grey

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION AND CONSUMER DEBT PROTECTION

Current Colorado consumer protection laws are relatively weak; while they are intended to protect income and property needed to meet basic needs – such as housing, cars, tools and other property needed to work, current protections have been outpaced by home and vehicle values, inflation and the rising cost of living. Recently, the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) rated Colorado a “D” because of how few resources we exempt from extraordinary collections from debt collection, judgments, garnishment and in Bankruptcy. The bill increases the CO Homestead Exemption and adds non-traditional housing; reinstates bank account exemption which was in effect in 2/2020 to 06/01/2021 due to COVID; increases vehicle exemption; increases disability benefit exemption; increases farm equipment/livestock exemption; adds exemption for future economic stimulus payments; adds firearm/hunting equipment exemption [up to $1,000]; adds exemption for health savings accounts; add exemption for funds reserved for taxes & insurance on some reverse mortgages; keeps exemptions on unemployment & child support even if funds commingled.

Fiscal note: No fiscal impact

Signed into Law

 

Senate Bill 22-087 Senators Brittany Petersen and Rhonda Fieldss and Representatives Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez and Dafna Michaelson Jenet

HEALTHY MEALS FOR ALL PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS

The bill creates the Healthy School Meals for All program in the Colorado Department of Education to provide reimbursement to school food authorities for offering free meals to all students, and to offer local food purchasing grants and increase employee wages. It also requires that CDE apply to participate in a federal direct certification demonstration project.

Fiscal note: $491,172 in 2022-2023; $294,401 in 2023-24; 2024-2025 $60- $90 million

Senate Appropriations – Replaced by HB1414

 

Senate Bill 22-099 Representatives Dennis Hisey and Robert Rodriguez 

SEALING CRIMINAL RECORDS

Automates the process for sealing criminal records for those records that are eligible for sealing by the court under current law, for crimes not subject to the Victims’ Rights Amendment. The bill makes it an unfair employment practice to discharge or to refuse to hire a person based on contents of a sealed record and makes it an unfair housing practice to refuse to show, sell, transfer, rent, or lease housing based on the contents of a sealed criminal record.

Fiscal Note: $896,228 in 2022-23; $8,085,702 in 2023-24; $1,271,562 in 2024-25

Governor

 

Senate Bill 22-138 – Representatives Chris Hansen and Kevin Priola and Senators Alex Valdez and Karen McCormick

REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS IN COLORADO

Colorado used to ban small off-road equipment like lawn mowers, but now the bill includes a number of provisions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the state. State income tax credit for electric- powered small off-road equipment required. PERA and insurance companies to study climate risks to their investment portfolios. Authorizes the Dept of Natural Resources to regulate Class VI injection wells, Requires the Dep of Agriculture to study carbon sequestration.  It authorizes the Dept of Natural Resources to regulate certain oil and gas sites.  

Fiscal Note: As an income tax credit, expected to grow to $9 million by 2023-24

Senate Third

 

Senate Bill 22-140 Senators James Coleman (D) and Bob Gardner (R) and Representative Barbara McLachlan (D) and Judy Aimable (D)

EXPANSION OF EXPERIENTIAL LERARNING OPPORTUNITIES

This bill expands and formalizes work- based learning, including assistance to employers and formalization of expectations for WBL. The bill also identifies that two intermediary organizations will reach out to youth and adults who have been historically excluded from work-based learning opportunities through the future of work office in CDLE. The bill would also address digital inequities, including access to technology, skills training , cybersecurity and affordable internet services. And adding a digital navigation program. The bill also creates an 18 month Global Talent Task Force in the Office of New Americans to study the credential process for certain in-demand occupations, look at international credentials, and take advantage of the global pool of skilled workers. The office would also provide tools for English Language learners to enter work-based learning programs to improve language and skills development for specific occupations. 

Fiscal Note:  $6.1 million in ARPA funds

House Third Reading

 

House Bill 22-1010   Representatives Emily Sirota and Tonya Van Beber and Senators Janice Buckner and Barbara Kirkmeyer

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR INCOME TAX CREDIT

The bill creates a refundable income tax credit for early childhood educators who have an adjusted gross income of less than or equal to $75,000 for a single return or $85,000 for a joint return, has held an early childhood professional credential for at least six months, and is the licensee of an eligible early childcare program or employed by an eligible program for at least six months. An eligible program is an early childhood education program or licensed family childcare home that has held a level two Colorado Shines quality rating and has a fiscal agreement with the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) or meets the federal standards for a Head Start Program. The credit can be claimed from January 1, 2022, through January 1, 2027. Credit amounts include: ∙ $500 for an Early Childcare Professional I, IV, V, and VI; ∙ $750 for an Early Childcare Professional II; and ∙ $1,000 for an Early Childcare Professional III.

Fiscal Note: $185,674 in 2022-23, $110,200 in 2023-24. When implemented, the tax credit will reduce state revenues by approximately $13,7000,000 per year. 

Concurrence

 

House Bill 22-1050 Representative Naquetta Ricks and Senator Janet Buckner (D))

INTERMATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATE INTERGRATE HEALTH CARE WORKFORCE

Establishes the following two programs in CDLE to assist international medical graduates (IMGs) seeking to integrate into the state’s health-care workforce:

  • The IMG assistance program, the purpose of which is to provide direct services to IMGs, including a review of an IMG’s education, training, and experience to recommend appropriate next steps for integrating IMGs into the state’s health-care workforce; technical support through the credential evaluation process; and scholarships to assist in defraying the medical licensure process; and
  • The clinical readiness program, the purpose of which is to provide curriculum for and assessments of IMGs to help them build the skills necessary to enter a medical residency program.

With regard to requirements for licensure under the “Colorado Medical Practice Act” , it reduces the length of postgraduate clinical training that an IMG must complete to qualify for a medical license from up to 3 years to one year; and allows an IMG to obtain a reentry license f the IMG has a current or expired international Medical license and meets Colorado medical board-specified qualifications and requirements.

Fiscal Note Amended to gifts, grants and donations. Implemented if G,G, D total $814,000. 

House Appropriations

 

House Bill 22-1083 Representatives Kerry Tipper and Janice Rich and Senator Faith Winter 

COLORADO HOMELESS CONTRIBUTION INCOME TAX CREDIT

This bill upgrades and enhances the current enterprise zone contribution tax credit that is used to support organizations that serve people experiencing homelessness. Benefits of this improvement include: • Making the credit available to providers statewide; • Expanding the types of homeless services that are eligible to include street outreach, homelessness prevention, and emergency shelter programs; • Incentivizing donations to providers in rural and distressed areas; • And simplifying the administration of the credit.

Fiscal note: About $200,000 expenditure. Reduces state revenue by about $8 million when fully implemented. 

Concurrence

 

House Bill 22-1244 Representative Chris Kennedy and Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez and 

PUBLIC PROTECTIONS FROM TOXIC AIR CONTAMINANTS

 Colo has one of the worst systems in the country to identify toxic air toxins. This will create a comprehensive regulatory framework for air toxins by requiring the CDPHE to set health-based standards for each air toxic. Required them to also consider and prevent cumulative impacts of hazardous air pollutants when processing air pollution permits for facilities. CDPHE has strong push back Kennedy, Gonzalez-Guttierez and Gonzales. Every lobbyist/industry is lobbying against this, and they need Coloradans to send in support. There have been many amendments because of the industry opposition

Fiscal Note: $3.5 million, growing to $5 million general fund

Senate State Affairs

 

House Bill 22-1259 Representatives Monica Duran and Iman Jodeh and Senator Dominick Moreno

MODIFICATIONS TO COLORADO WORKS PROGRAM

The bill, as amended increases the monthly grant for families in Colorado Works (TANF) from 28%of the Federal Poverty Level (e.g., $508 per month for a family of 3) to 31% of FPL and adds a yearly cost of living increase. It directs the State Board of Human Service to design a more gradually phase out of TANF support as one moves from welfare to work to avoid loss of benefits immediately upon getting a job. It standardizes across the state the criteria for exemption to mandatory work participation and up to the 5-year lifetime limit to the degree allowed by federal law. It reduces sanctions for violating program rules like missing meetings. It adds outreach efforts and recipient voice, including exit interviews, to the program.

Fiscal note: As amended: About $35 million in 2023-24. 2022 -2024 uses federal ARPA money. After that, the bill is paid for using 1/3 TANF funds; 1/3 General Fund and 1/3 Unclaimed Property Funds.

Senate Third

 

House Bill 22-1269 Representatives Susan Lontine and Senator Chris Hansen

HEALTH CARE SHARING CONSUMER PROTECTIONS

The bill requires any person that is not authorized to engage in the business of insurance in this state but that offers or intends to offer a plan or arrangement to facilitate payment of or to cover health-care costs or services for Colorado residents to annually submit to the commissioner of insurance (commissioner) specified information and a certification that the information is accurate and complies with the requirements of the bill. The submission must include information about the operation of the plan or arrangement in the immediately preceding calendar year, including:

  • The number of participants in the plan or arrangement.
  • The total amount of fees, dues, or other payments collected from participants and the percentage of fees, dues, or other payments that the person retained.
  • The total amount of payments made to providers or to reimburse participants for health-care services provided or received.
  • The estimated number of participants the person anticipates in the next calendar year.
  • The counties in which the person offers or intends to offer a plan or arrangement and any other states in which the person offers a plan or arrangement.
  • A list of third parties associated with, or offering or enrolling participants in a plan or arrangement on behalf of, the person and a detailed accounting of commissions or other remuneration paid to a third party for services provided in promoting or administering the plan or arrangement.
  • The person’s reserve balance; and
  • Contact information for an individual serving as the person’s contact person in this state, a list of the person’s officers and directors, and the person’s organizational chart.

Within 45 days after receipt, the commissioner is to determine whether a submission by a person is complete. Each year, the commissioner is to compile a report summarizing the information submitted by persons, post the report on the division of insurance website, and submit the report to specified legislative committees. The commissioner is authorized to adopt rules to implement the bill and to issue an emergency cease-and-desist order against a person that fails to comply with the requirements of the bill.

Fiscal Note: $93,084 in 2022-23; $68,000 in 2023-24

Governor

 

House Bill 22-1279 Representatives Meg Froelich and Daneya Esgar and Senator Julie Gonzales 

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH EQUITY ACT

The bill declares that every individual has a fundamental right to use or refuse contraception; every pregnant individual has a fundamental right to continue the pregnancy and give birth or to have an abortion; and a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent or derivative rights under the laws of the state.

The bill prohibits state and local public entities from:

  • Denying, restricting, interfering with, or discriminating against an individual’s fundamental right to use or refuse contraception or to continue a pregnancy and give birth or to have an abortion in the regulation or provision of benefits, services, information, or facilities; and
  • Depriving, through prosecution, punishment, or other means, an individual of the individual’s right to act or refrain from acting during the individual’s own pregnancy based on the potential, actual, or perceived impact on the pregnancy, the pregnancy’s outcomes, or on the pregnant individual’s health.

Fiscal Note:  None

Signed into Law

 

House Bill 22-1284 Representatives Daneya Esgar and Marc Catlin and Senators Bob Gardner and Brittany Petersen

HEALTH INSURANCE SURPRISE BILLING PROTECTIONS

The bill changes current state law to align with the federal “No Surprises Act” (act) by:

  • Allowing a covered person who requests an independent external review of a health-care coverage decision to request a review to determine if the services that were provided or may be provided by an out-of-network provider or facility are subject to an in-network benefit level of coverage.
  • Requiring that payments made for health-care services provided at an in-network facility or by an out-of-network provider be applied to the covered person’s in-network deductible and any out-of-pocket maximum amounts as if the services were provided by an in-network provider.
  • Requiring that emergency health-care services, regardless of the facility at which they are provided, be covered at the in-network benefit level.
  • Requiring each health insurance carrier (carrier) to cover post-stabilization services to stabilize a patient after a medical emergency at the in-network benefit level unless specific criteria are met.
  • Requiring carriers to develop disclosures to provide to covered persons that comply with the act.
  • Requiring the commissioner of insurance (commissioner) and certain regulators of health-care occupations to adopt rules concerning disclosure requirements, including a list of ancillary services for which a provider or facility cannot charge a balance bill.
  • Requiring the commissioner to convene a work group to facilitate and streamline the implementation of the payment of claims for services provided by an out-of-network provider at an in-network facility and for services surrounding a medical emergency.
  • Prohibiting a carrier from recalculating a covered person’s cost-sharing amount based on an additional payment made as a result of arbitration.
  • Requiring the parties to an arbitration over health-care coverage to split the costs of the arbitrator if the parties reach an agreement before the final decision of the arbitrator.
  • Allowing administrators of self-funded health benefit plans to elect to be subject to state law concerning coverage for health-care services from out-of-network providers and facilities.
  • Authorizing the commissioner to promulgate rules to implement the requirements of the act.
  • Changing the amount of time that a managed care plan must allow a person to continue to receive care from a provider from 60 to 90 days after the date an in-network provider is terminated from a plan without cause.
  • Implementing specific requirements for health-care coverage and services for covered persons who are continuing care patients of a provider or facility whose contract with the patient’s health insurer is terminated; and
  • Allowing an out-of-network provider and an out-of-network facility to charge a covered person a balance bill for health-care services other than ancillary services if the out-of-network provider complies with specific notice requirements and obtains the covered person’s signed consent.

The bill changes from January 1 to March 1 the date by which a carrier is required to submit information to the commissioner concerning the use of out-of-network providers and out-of-network facilities and the impact on health insurance premiums for consumers.

Fiscal Note: $280,127 one-time funds

Concurrence

 

House Bill 22-1287 Representatives Andrew Boesenecker and Edie Hooton and Senator Faith Winter

PROTECTIONS FOR MOBILE HOME PARK RESIDENTS

This bill adds protection for residents of Mobile Home Parks in three basic areas:

  • Lot rent stabilization- parameters for how much lot rents can increase year over year.This section was amended out under Governor’s veto threat.
  • Opportunity to purchase- lengthens timelines for residents of a mobile home park that has gone up for sale to come up with a counteroffer. Expands ability for residents to assign their right to purchase their mobile home park working in conjunction with a local government.
  • Strengthen and clarify the Alternative Dispute Resolution process in Department of Local Affairs for resident complaints against park owners. Adds some ability to enforce provisions of the Mobile Home Park Act. 

Fiscal Note: As amended $116,293/ yr. in cash funds

Concurrence

 

House Bill 22-1289 Representatives Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez and Julie McCluskie and Senator Dominck Moreno

COVER ALL COLORADANS

The bill expands Medicaid coverage to low-income pregnant people and children, regardless of immigration status; requires the Insurance Commissioner to improve the quality of health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Affordability Enterprise; and extends a survey of birthing parents indefinitely, among other requirements

Fiscal Note: About $17 million per year

Concurrence

 

House Bill 22-1362 – Representatives Tracey Bernett and Alex Valdez and Senators Chris Hansen and Faith Winter

BUILDING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

-Health issues – Children with gas powered stoves are more likely to have asthma. Asks city and county building codes to adopt IECC Int’l energy conservation code by 2025 rather than otherwise by 2030. Includes $3 million for code training, $22 mil to support decarbonization of public buildings and with a specific focus on disproportionately impacted communities. 

Fiscal Note: One time $25 million from General Fund to develop code and fund equipment. Ongoing expense is $6 million per year. 

Senate Third

For questions, or more information contact CSLC Legislative Chair: Chaer Robert crobert@cclponline.org . CSLC members seeking a bill endorsement on an already introduced bill, please submit bill position request form available on our website: www.cslc.org or by emailing crobert@cclp

 

May 2, 2022

 

SUPPORT

 

Senate Bill 22-086 Senators Faith Winter and Representative Matt Grey

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION AND CONSUMER DEBT PROTECTION

 

Current Colorado consumer protection laws are relatively weak; while they are intended to protect income and property needed to meet basic needs – such as housing, cars, tools and other property needed to work, current protections have been outpaced by home and vehicle values, inflation and the rising cost of living. Recently, the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) rated Colorado a “D” because of how few resources we exempt from extraordinary collections from debt collection, judgments, garnishment and in Bankruptcy. The bill increases the CO Homestead Exemption and adds non-traditional housing; reinstates bank account exemption which was in effect in 2/2020 to 06/01/2021 due to COVID; increases vehicle exemption; increases disability benefit exemption; increases farm equipment/livestock exemption; adds exemption for future economic stimulus payments; adds firearm/hunting equipment exemption [up to $1,000]; adds exemption for health savings accounts; add exemption for funds reserved for taxes & insurance on some reverse mortgages; keeps exemptions on unemployment & child support even if funds commingled.

 

Fiscal note: No fiscal impact

Signed into Law

 

House Bill 22-1010   Representatives Emily Sirota and Tonya Van Beber and Senators Janice Buckner and Barbara Kirkmeyer

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR INCOME TAX CREDIT

 

The bill creates a refundable income tax credit for early childhood educators who have an adjusted gross income of less than or equal to $75,000 for a single return or $85,000 for a joint return, has held an early childhood professional credential for at least six months, and is the licensee of an eligible early childcare program or employed by an eligible program for at least six months. An eligible program is an early childhood education program or licensed family childcare home that has held a level two Colorado Shines quality rating and has a fiscal agreement with the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) or meets the federal standards for a Head Start Program. The credit can be claimed from January 1, 2022, through January 1, 2027. Credit amounts include: ∙ $500 for an Early Childcare Professional I, IV, V, and VI; ∙ $750 for an Early Childcare Professional II; and ∙ $1,000 for an Early Childcare Professional III.

 

Fiscal Note: $185,674 in 2022-23, $110,200 in 2023-24. When implemented, the tax credit will reduce state revenues by approximately $13,7000,000 per year. 

Senate Appropriations

 

House Bill 22-1083 Representatives Kerry Tipper and Janice Rich and Senator Faith Winter 

COLORADO HOMELESS CONTRIBUTION INCOME TAX CREDIT

 

This bill upgrades and enhances the current enterprise zone contribution tax credit that is used to support organizations that serve people experiencing homelessness. Benefits of this improvement include: • Making the credit available to providers statewide; • Expanding the types of homeless services that are eligible to include street outreach, homelessness prevention, and emergency shelter programs; • Incentivizing donations to providers in rural and distressed areas; • And simplifying the administration of the credit.

 

Fiscal note: About $200,000 expenditure. Reduces state revenue by about $8 million when fully implemented. 

Concurrence

 

House Bill 22-1259 Representatives Monica Duran and Iman Jodeh and Senator Dominick Moreno

MODIFICATIONS TO COLORADO WORKS PROGRAM

 

The bill, as amended increases the monthly grant for families in Colorado Works (TANF) from 28%of the Federal Poverty Level (e.g., $508 per month for a family of 3) to 31% of FPL and adds a yearly cost of living increase. It directs the State Board of Human Service to design a more gradually phase out of TANF support as one moves from welfare to work to avoid loss of benefits immediately upon getting a job. It standardizes across the state the criteria for exemption to mandatory work participation and up to the 5-year lifetime limit to the degree allowed by federal law. It reduces sanctions for violating program rules like missing meetings. It adds outreach efforts and recipient voice, including exit interviews, to the program.

 

Fiscal note: As amended: About $35 million in 2023-24. 2022 -2024 uses federal ARPA money. After that, the bill is paid for using 1/3 TANF funds; 1/3 General Fund and 1/3 Unclaimed Property Funds.

Senate Finance

 

House Bill 22-1287 Representatives Andrew Boesenecker and Edie Hooton and Senator Faith Winter

PROTECTIONS FOR MOBILE HOME PARK RESIDENTS

 

This bill adds protection for residents of Mobile Home Parks in three basic areas:

-Lot rent stabilization- parameters for how much lot rents can increase year over year.This section was amended out under Governor’s veto threat.

-Opportunity to purchase- lengthens timelines for residents of a mobile home park that has gone up for sale to come up with a counteroffer. Expands ability for residents to assign their right to purchase their mobile home park working in conjunction with a local government.

-Strengthen and clarify the Alternative Dispute Resolution process in Department of Local Affairs for resident complaints against park owners. Adds some ability to enforce provisions of the Mobile Home Park Act. 

 

Fiscal Note: As amended $116,293/ yr. in cash funds

Senate Finance 

 

Senate Bill 22-099 Representatives Dennis Hisey and Robert Rodriguez 

SEALING CRIMINAL RECORDS

 

Automates the process for sealing criminal records for those records that are eligible for sealing by the court under current law, for crimes not subject to the Victims’ Rights Amendment. The bill makes it an unfair employment practice to discharge or to refuse to hire a person based on contents of a sealed record and makes it an unfair housing practice to refuse to show, sell, transfer, rent, or lease housing based on the contents of a sealed criminal record.

 

Fiscal Note: $896,228 in 2022-23; $8,085,702 in 2023-24; $1,271,562 in 2024-25

House Second Reading

 

House Bill 22-1279 Representatives Meg Froelich and Daneya Esgar and Senator Julie Gonzales 

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH EQUITY ACT

 

The bill declares that every individual has a fundamental right to use or refuse contraception; every pregnant individual has a fundamental right to continue the pregnancy and give birth or to have an abortion; and a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent or derivative rights under the laws of the state.

The bill prohibits state and local public entities from:

  • Denying, restricting, interfering with, or discriminating against an individual’s fundamental right to use or refuse contraception or to continue a pregnancy and give birth or to have an abortion in the regulation or provision of benefits, services, information, or facilities; and
  • Depriving, through prosecution, punishment, or other means, an individual of the individual’s right to act or refrain from acting during the individual’s own pregnancy based on the potential, actual, or perceived impact on the pregnancy, the pregnancy’s outcomes, or on the pregnant individual’s health.

Fiscal Note:  None

Signed into Law

 

House Bill 22-1269 Representatives Susan Lontine and Senator Chris Hansen

HEALTH CARE SHARING CONSUMER PROTECTIONS

The bill requires any person that is not authorized to engage in the business of insurance in this state but that offers or intends to offer a plan or arrangement to facilitate payment of or to cover health-care costs or services for Colorado residents to annually submit to the commissioner of insurance (commissioner) specified information and a certification that the information is accurate and complies with the requirements of the bill. The submission must include information about the operation of the plan or arrangement in the immediately preceding calendar year, including:

  • The number of participants in the plan or arrangement.
  • The total amount of fees, dues, or other payments collected from participants and the percentage of fees, dues, or other payments that the person retained.
  • The total amount of payments made to providers or to reimburse participants for health-care services provided or received.
  • The estimated number of participants the person anticipates in the next calendar year.
  • The counties in which the person offers or intends to offer a plan or arrangement and any other states in which the person offers a plan or arrangement.
  • A list of third parties associated with, or offering or enrolling participants in a plan or arrangement on behalf of, the person and a detailed accounting of commissions or other remuneration paid to a third party for services provided in promoting or administering the plan or arrangement.
  • The person’s reserve balance; and
  • Contact information for an individual serving as the person’s contact person in this state, a list of the person’s officers and directors, and the person’s organizational chart.

Within 45 days after receipt, the commissioner is to determine whether a submission by a person is complete. Each year, the commissioner is to compile a report summarizing the information submitted by persons, post the report on the division of insurance website, and submit the report to specified legislative committees. The commissioner is authorized to adopt rules to implement the bill and to issue an emergency cease-and-desist order against a person that fails to comply with the requirements of the bill.

Fiscal Note: $93,084 in 2022-23; $68,000 in 2023-24

Senate Business

 

House Bill 22-1284 Representatives Daneya Esgar and Marc Catlin and Senators Bob Gardner and Brittany Petersen

HEALTH INSURANCE SURPRISE BILLING PROTECTIONS

The bill changes current state law to align with the federal “No Surprises Act” (act) by:

  • Allowing a covered person who requests an independent external review of a health-care coverage decision to request a review to determine if the services that were provided or may be provided by an out-of-network provider or facility are subject to an in-network benefit level of coverage.
  • Requiring that payments made for health-care services provided at an in-network facility or by an out-of-network provider be applied to the covered person’s in-network deductible and any out-of-pocket maximum amounts as if the services were provided by an in-network provider.
  • Requiring that emergency health-care services, regardless of the facility at which they are provided, be covered at the in-network benefit level.
  • Requiring each health insurance carrier (carrier) to cover post-stabilization services to stabilize a patient after a medical emergency at the in-network benefit level unless specific criteria are met.
  • Requiring carriers to develop disclosures to provide to covered persons that comply with the act.
  • Requiring the commissioner of insurance (commissioner) and certain regulators of health-care occupations to adopt rules concerning disclosure requirements, including a list of ancillary services for which a provider or facility cannot charge a balance bill.
  • Requiring the commissioner to convene a work group to facilitate and streamline the implementation of the payment of claims for services provided by an out-of-network provider at an in-network facility and for services surrounding a medical emergency.
  • Prohibiting a carrier from recalculating a covered person’s cost-sharing amount based on an additional payment made as a result of arbitration.
  • Requiring the parties to an arbitration over health-care coverage to split the costs of the arbitrator if the parties reach an agreement before the final decision of the arbitrator.
  • Allowing administrators of self-funded health benefit plans to elect to be subject to state law concerning coverage for health-care services from out-of-network providers and facilities.
  • Authorizing the commissioner to promulgate rules to implement the requirements of the act.
  • Changing the amount of time that a managed care plan must allow a person to continue to receive care from a provider from 60 to 90 days after the date an in-network provider is terminated from a plan without cause.
  • Implementing specific requirements for health-care coverage and services for covered persons who are continuing care patients of a provider or facility whose contract with the patient’s health insurer is terminated; and
  • Allowing an out-of-network provider and an out-of-network facility to charge a covered person a balance bill for health-care services other than ancillary services if the out-of-network provider complies with specific notice requirements and obtains the covered person’s signed consent.

The bill changes from January 1 to March 1 the date by which a carrier is required to submit information to the commissioner concerning the use of out-of-network providers and out-of-network facilities and the impact on health insurance premiums for consumers.

Fiscal Note: $280,127 one-time funds

Senate Appropriations

 

House Bill 22-1289 Representatives Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez and Julie McCluskie and Senator Dominck Moreno

COVER ALL COLORADANS

The bill expands Medicaid coverage to low-income pregnant people and children, regardless of immigration status; requires the Insurance Commissioner to improve the quality of health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Affordability Enterprise; and extends a survey of birthing parents indefinitely, among other requirements

 

Fiscal Note: About $17 million per year

Senate Appropriations

 

Senate Bill 22-087 Senators Brittany Petersen and Rhonda Fieldss and Representatives Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez and Dafna Michaelson Jenet

HEALTHY MEALS FOR ALL PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS

The bill creates the Healthy School Meals for All program in the Colorado Department of Education to provide reimbursement to school food authorities for offering free meals to all students, and to offer local food purchasing grants and increase employee wages. It also requires that CDE apply to participate in a federal direct certification demonstration project.

Fiscal note: $491,172 in 2022-2023; $294,401 in 2023-24; 2024-2025 $60- $90 million

Senate Appropriations

REQUEST FOR SUPPORT

 

House Bill 22-1244 Representative Chris Kennedy and Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez and 

PUBLIC PROTECTIONS FROM TOXIC AIR CONTAMINANTS

 Colo has one of the worst systems in the country to identify toxic air toxins. This will create a comprehensive regulatory framework for air toxins by requiring the CDPHE to set health-based standards for each air toxic. Required them to also consider and prevent cumulative impacts of hazardous air pollutants when processing air pollution permits for facilities. CDPHE has strong push back Kennedy, Gonzalez-Guttierez and Gonzales. Every lobbyist/industry is lobbying against this, and they need Coloradans to send in support. There have been many amendments because of the industry opposition. 

Fiscal Note: $3.5 million, growing to $5 million general fund

House Appropriations

 

HB22-1362 – Representatives Tracey Bernett and Alex Valdez and Senators Chris Hansen and Faith Winter

BUILDING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

-Health issues – Children with gas powered stoves are more likely to have asthma. Asks city and county building codes to adopt IECC Int’l energy conservation code by 2025 rather than otherwise by 2030. Includes $3 million for code training, $22 mil to support decarbonization of public buildings and with a specific focus on disproportionately impacted communities. 

Fiscal Note: One time $25 million from General Fund to develop code and fund equipment. Ongoing expense is $6 million per year. 

House Second

 

SB22-138 – Representatives Chris Hansen and Kevin Priola and Senators Alex Valdez and Karen McCormick

REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS IN COLORADO

Colorado used to ban small off-road equipment like lawn mowers, but now the bill includes a number of provisions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the state. State income tax credit for electric- powered small off-road equipment required. PERA and insurance companies to study climate risks to their investment portfolios. Authorizes the Dept of Natural Resources to regulate Class VI injection wells, Requires the Dep of Agriculture to study carbon sequestration.  It authorizes the Dept of Natural Resources to regulate certain oil and gas sites.  

Fiscal Note: As an income tax credit, expected to grow to $9 million by 2023-24

House Finance

 

For questions, or more information contact CSLC Legislative Chair: Chaer Robert crobert@cclponline.org . CSLC members seeking a bill endorsement on an already introduced bill, please submit bill position request form available on our website: www.cslc.org or by emailing crobert@cclponline.org 

APRIL 25, 2022 voting in SUPPORT

Senate Bill 22-086 Senators Faith Winter and Representative Matt Grey

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION AND CONSUMER DEBT PROTECTION

Current Colorado consumer protection laws are relatively weak; while they are intended to protect income and property
needed to meet basic needs – such as housing, cars, tools and other property needed to work, current protections have
been outpaced by home and vehicle values, inflation and the rising cost of living. Recently, the National Consumer Law
Center (NCLC) rated Colorado a “D” because of how few resources we exempt from extraordinary collections from debt
collection, judgments, garnishment and in Bankruptcy. The bill increases the CO Homestead Exemption and adds non-
traditional housing; reinstates bank account exemption which was in effect in 2/2020 to 06/01/2021 due to COVID;
increases vehicle exemption; increases disability benefit exemption; increases farm equipment/livestock exemption; adds
exemption for future economic stimulus payments; adds firearm/hunting equipment exemption [up to $1,000]; adds
exemption for health savings accounts; add exemption for funds reserved for taxes & insurance on some reverse
mortgages; keeps exemptions on unemployment & child support even if funds commingled.
Fiscal note: No fiscal impact
Signed into Law

House Bill 22-1010 Representatives Emily Sirota and Tonya Van Beber and Senators Janice
Buckner and Barbara Kirkmeyer

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR INCOME TAX CREDIT

The bill creates a refundable income tax credit for early childhood educators who have an adjusted gross income of less
than or equal to $75,000 for a single return or $85,000 for a joint return, has held an early childhood professional
credential for at least six months, and is the licensee of an eligible early childcare program or employed by an eligible
program for at least six months. An eligible program is an early childhood education program or licensed family childcare
home that has held a level two Colorado Shines quality rating and has a fiscal agreement with the Colorado Child Care
Assistance Program (CCCAP) or meets the federal standards for a Head Start Program. The credit can be claimed from
January 1, 2022, through January 1, 2027. Credit amounts include:

 $500 for an Early Childcare Professional I, IV, V,
and VI;

 $750 for an Early Childcare Professional II; and 

$1,000 for an Early Childcare Professional III.
Fiscal Note: $185,674 in 2022-23, $110,200 in 2023-24. When implemented, the tax credit will reduce state revenues by
approximately $13,7000,000 per year.
Senate Finance
House Bill 22-1083 Representatives Kerry Tipper and Janice Rich and Senator Faith Winter

COLORADO HOMELESS CONTRIBUTION INCOME TAX CREDIT

This bill upgrades and enhances the current enterprise zone contribution tax credit that is used to support organizations
that serve people experiencing homelessness. Benefits of this improvement include: • Making the credit available to
providers statewide; • Expanding the types of homeless services that are eligible to include street outreach, homelessness
prevention, and emergency shelter programs; • Incentivizing donations to providers in rural and distressed areas; • And
simplifying the administration of the credit.
Fiscal note: About $200,000 expenditure. Reduces state revenue by about $8 million when fully implemented.
Senate Finance

House Bill 22-1259 Representatives Monica Duran and Iman Jodeh and Senator Dominick Moreno

MODIFICATIONS TO COLORADO WORKS PROGRAM

The bill phases in an increase in the monthly grant for families in Colorado Works (TANF) from 28%of the Federal Poverty
Level (e.g. $508 per month for a family of 3) to 50% of FPL over 5 years. It allows families to receive help as they
transition to work by not counting new work income for the first 6 months, then phasing in a step down of partial disregard
of work income for a period after that. This would eliminate the “cliff effect”- sudden loss of aid upon employment. It
standardizes across the state the criteria for exemption to mandatory work participation and up to the 5 year lifetime limit
to the degree allowed by federal law. It reduces sanctions for violating program rules like missing meetings. It adds
outreach efforts and recipient voice, including exit interviews, to the program.
Fiscal note: As amended: About $35 million in 2023-24. 2022 -2024 uses federal ARPA money. After that, the bill is paid
for using 1/3 TANF funds; 1/3 General Fund and 1/3 Unclaimed Property Funds.
House Appropriations

House Bill 22-1287 Representatives Andrew Boesenecker and Edie Hooton and Senator Faith Winter

PROTECTIONS FOR MOBILE HOME PARK RESIDENTS

This bill adds protection for residents of Mobile Home Parks in three basic areas:
-Lot rent stabilization- parameters for how much lot rents can increase year over year.—This section was amended out
under Governor’s veto threat.
-Opportunity to purchase- lengthens timelines for residents of a mobile home park that has gone up for sale to come up
with a counter-offer. Expands ability for residents to assign their right to purchase their mobile home park working in
conjunction with a local government.
-Strengthen and clarify the Alternative Dispute Resolution process in Department of Local Affairs for resident complaints
against park owners. Adds some ability to enforce provisions of the Mobile Home Park Act.
Fiscal Note: As amended $116,293/ yr. in cash funds
Senate

Senate Bill 22-099 Representatives Dennis Hisey and Robert Rodriguez

SEALING CRIMINAL RECORDS

Automates the process for sealing criminal records for those records that are eligible for sealing by the court under current
law, for crimes not subject to the Victims’ Rights Amendment. The bill makes it an unfair employment practice to
discharge or to refuse to hire a person based on contents of a sealed record and makes it an unfair housing practice to
refuse to show, sell, transfer, rent, or lease housing based on the contents of a sealed criminal record.
Fiscal Note: $896,228 in 2022-23; $8,085,702 in 2023-24; $1,271,562 in 2024-25
House Judiciary

House Bill 22-1279 Representatives Meg Froelich and Daneya Esgar and Senator Julie Gonzales

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH EQUITY ACT
The bill declares that every individual has a fundamental right to use or refuse contraception; every pregnant individual
has a fundamental right to continue the pregnancy and give birth or to have an abortion; and a fertilized egg, embryo, or
fetus does not have independent or derivative rights under the laws of the state.
The bill prohibits state and local public entities from:
 Denying, restricting, interfering with, or discriminating against an individual’s fundamental right to use or refuse
contraception or to continue a pregnancy and give birth or to have an abortion in the regulation or provision of
benefits, services, information, or facilities; and
 Depriving, through prosecution, punishment, or other means, an individual of the individual’s right to act or refrain
from acting during the individual’s own pregnancy based on the potential, actual, or perceived impact on the
pregnancy, the pregnancy’s outcomes, or on the pregnant individual’s health.
Fiscal Note: None
Signed into Law

House Bill 22-1269 Representatives Susan Lontine and Senator Chris Hansen

HEALTH CARE SHARING CONSUMER PROTECTIONS

The bill requires any person that is not authorized to engage in the business of insurance in this state but that offers or
intends to offer a plan or arrangement to facilitate payment of or to cover health-care costs or services for Colorado
residents to annually submit to the commissioner of insurance (commissioner) specified information and a certification that
the information is accurate and complies with the requirements of the bill. The submission must include information about
the operation of the plan or arrangement in the immediately preceding calendar year, including:
 The number of participants in the plan or arrangement;
 The total amount of fees, dues, or other payments collected from participants and the percentage of fees, dues, or
other payments that the person retained;
The total amount of payments made to providers or to reimburse participants for health-care services provided or
received;
 The estimated number of participants the person anticipates in the next calendar year;
 The counties in which the person offers or intends to offer a plan or arrangement and any other states in which
the person offers a plan or arrangement;
 A list of third parties associated with, or offering or enrolling participants in a plan or arrangement on behalf of, the
person and a detailed accounting of commissions or other remuneration paid to a third party for services provided
in promoting or administering the plan or arrangement;
 The person’s reserve balance; and
 Contact information for an individual serving as the person’s contact person in this state, a list of the person’s
officers and directors, and the person’s organizational chart.
Within 45 days after receipt, the commissioner is to determine whether a submission by a person is complete.
Each year, the commissioner is to compile a report summarizing the information submitted by persons, post the report on
the division of insurance website, and submit the report to specified legislative committees. The commissioner is
authorized to adopt rules to implement the bill and to issue an emergency cease-and-desist order against a person that
fails to comply with the requirements of the bill.
Fiscal Note:$93,084 in 2022-23; $68,000 in 2023-24
Senate Business

House Bill 22-1284 Representatives Daneya Esgar and Marc Catlin and Senators Bob Gardner and
Brittany Petersen

HEALTH INSURANCE SURPRISE BILLING PROTECTIONS
The bill changes current state law to align with the federal "No Surprises Act" (act) by:

Allowing a covered person who requests an independent external review of a health-care coverage decision to
request a review to determine if the services that were provided or may be provided by an out-of-network provider
or facility are subject to an in-network benefit level of coverage;
Requiring that payments made for health-care services provided at an in-network facility or by an out-of-network
provider be applied to the covered person’s in-network deductible and any out-of-pocket maximum amounts as if
the services were provided by an in-network provider;
 Requiring that emergency health-care services, regardless of the facility at which they are provided, be covered at
the in-network benefit level;
 Requiring each health insurance carrier (carrier) to cover post-stabilization services to stabilize a patient after a
medical emergency at the in-network benefit level unless specific criteria are met;
 Requiring carriers to develop disclosures to provide to covered persons that comply with the act;
 Requiring the commissioner of insurance (commissioner) and certain regulators of health-care occupations to
adopt rules concerning disclosure requirements, including a list of ancillary services for which a provider or facility
cannot charge a balance bill;
 Requiring the commissioner to convene a work group to facilitate and streamline the implementation of the
payment of claims for services provided by an out-of-network provider at an in-network facility and for services
surrounding a medical emergency;
 Prohibiting a carrier from recalculating a covered person’s cost-sharing amount based on an additional payment
made as a result of arbitration;
 Requiring the parties to an arbitration over health-care coverage to split the costs of the arbitrator if the parties
reach an agreement before the final decision of the arbitrator;
 Allowing administrators of self-funded health benefit plans to elect to be subject to state law concerning coverage
for health-care services from out-of-network providers and facilities;
 Authorizing the commissioner to promulgate rules to implement the requirements of the act;
 Changing the amount of time that a managed care plan must allow a person to continue to receive care from a
provider from 60 to 90 days after the date an in-network provider is terminated from a plan without cause;
 Implementing specific requirements for health-care coverage and services for covered persons who are
continuing care patients of a provider or facility whose contract with the patient’s health insurer is terminated; and
 Allowing an out-of-network provider and an out-of-network facility to charge a covered person a balance bill for
health-care services other than ancillary services if the out-of-network provider complies with specific notice
requirements and obtains the covered person’s signed consent.
The bill changes from January 1 to March 1 the date by which a carrier is required to submit information to the
commissioner concerning the use of out-of-network providers and out-of-network facilities and the impact on health
insurance premiums for consumers.
Fiscal Note: $280,127 one-time funds
House Health Second

House Bill 22-1289 Representatives Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez and Julie McCluskie and Senator
Dominck Moreno

COVER ALL COLORADANS
The bill expands Medicaid coverage to low-income pregnant people and children, regardless of immigration status;
requires the Insurance Commissioner to improve the quality of health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance
Affordability Enterprise; and extends a survey of birthing parents indefinitely, among other requirements
Fiscal Note: About $17 million per year
Senate Health and Human Services

Senate Bill 22-087 Senators Brittany Petersen and Rhonda Fieldss and Representatives Serena
Gonzales-Gutierrez and Dafna Michaelson Jenet

HEALTHY MEALS FOR ALL PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS
The bill creates the Healthy School Meals for All program in the Colorado Department of Education to provide
reimbursement to school food authorities for offering free meals to all students, and to offer local food purchasing grants
and increase employee wages. It also requires that CDE apply to participate in a federal direct certification demonstration
project.
Fiscal note: $491,172 in 2022-2023; $294,401 in 2023-24; 2024-2025 $60- $90 million
Senate Appropriations

CSLC

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April 18, 2022

 

SUPPORT

 

Senate Bill 22-086 Senators Faith Winter and Representative Matt Grey

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION AND CONSUMER DEBT PROTECTION

 

Current Colorado consumer protection laws are relatively weak; while they are intended to protect income and property needed to meet basic needs – such as housing, cars, tools and other property needed to work, current protections have been outpaced by home and vehicle values, inflation and the rising cost of living. Recently, the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) rated Colorado a “D” because of how few resources we exempt from extraordinary collections from debt collection, judgments, garnishment and in Bankruptcy. The bill increases the CO Homestead Exemption and adds non-traditional housing; reinstates bank account exemption which was in effect in 2/2020 to 06/01/2021 due to COVID; increases vehicle exemption; increases disability benefit exemption; increases farm equipment/livestock exemption; adds exemption for future economic stimulus payments; adds firearm/hunting equipment exemption [up to $1,000]; adds exemption for health savings accounts; add exemption for funds reserved for taxes & insurance on some reverse mortgages; keeps exemptions on unemployment & child support even if funds commingled.

 

Fiscal note: No fiscal impact

Signed into Law

 

House Bill 22-1010   Representatives Emily Sirota and Tonya Van Beber and Senators Janice Buckner and Barbara Kirkmeyer

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR INCOME TAX CREDIT

 

The bill creates a refundable income tax credit for early childhood educators who have an adjusted gross income of less than or equal to $75,000 for a single return or $85,000 for a joint return, has held an early childhood professional credential for at least six months, and is the licensee of an eligible early childcare program or employed by an eligible program for at least six months. An eligible program is an early childhood education program or licensed family childcare home that has held a level two Colorado Shines quality rating and has a fiscal agreement with the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) or meets the federal standards for a Head Start Program. The credit can be claimed from January 1, 2022, through January 1, 2027. Credit amounts include: ∙ $500 for an Early Childcare Professional I, IV, V, and VI; ∙ $750 for an Early Childcare Professional II; and ∙ $1,000 for an Early Childcare Professional III.

 

Fiscal Note: $185,674 in 2022-23, $110,200 in 2023-24. When implemented, the tax credit will reduce state revenues by approximately $8,000,000 per year. 

House Appropriations Committee

 

House Bill 22-1083 Representatives Kerry Tipper and Janice Rich  and Senator Faith Winter 

COLORADO HOMELESS CONTRIBUTION INCOME TAX CREDIT

 

This bill upgrades and enhances the current enterprise zone contribution tax credit that is used to support organizations that serve people experiencing homelessness. Benefits of this improvement include: • Making the credit available to providers statewide; • Expanding the types of homeless services that are eligible to include street outreach, homelessness prevention, and emergency shelter programs; • Incentivizing donations to providers in rural and distressed areas; • And simplifying the administration of the credit.

 

Fiscal note: About $200,000 expenditure. Reduces state revenue by about $8 million when fully implemented. 

House Appropriations

 

House Bill 22-1259 Representatives Monica Duran and Iman Jodeh and Senator Dominick Moreno

MODIFICATIONS TO COLORADO WORKS PROGRAM

 

The bill phases in an increase in the monthly grant for families in Colorado Works (TANF) from 28%of the Federal Poverty Level (e.g. $508 per month for a family of 3) to 50% of FPL over 5 years. It allows families to receive help as they transition to work by not counting new work income for the first 6 months, then phasing in a step down of partial disregard of work income for a period after that. This would eliminate the “cliff effect”- sudden loss of aid upon employment. It standardizes across the state the criteria for exemption to mandatory work participation and up to the 5 year lifetime limit to the degree allowed by federal law. It reduces sanctions for violating program rules like missing meetings. It adds outreach efforts and recipient voice, including exit interviews, to the program.

 

Fiscal note: As amended: About $35 million in 2023-24. 2022 -2024 uses federal ARPA money. After that, the bill is paid for using 1/3 TANF funds; 1/3 General Fund and 1/3 Unclaimed Property Funds.

House Appropriations

 

House Bill 22-1287 Representatives Andrew Boesenecker and Edie Hooton and Senator Faith Winter

PROTECTIONS FOR MOBILE HOME PARK RESIDENTS

 

This bill adds protection for residents of Mobile Home Parks in three basic areas:

-Lot rent stabilization- parameters for how much lot rents can increase year over year.

-Opportunity to purchase- lengthens timelines for residents of a mobile home park that has gone up for sale to come up with a counter-offer. Expands ability for residents to assign their right to purchase their mobile home park working in conjunction with a local government.

-Strengthen and clarify the Alternative Dispute Resolution process in Department of Local Affairs for resident complaints against park owners. Adds some ability to enforce provisions of the Mobile Home Park Act. 

 

Fiscal Note: As amended $116,293/ yr. in cash funds

House Appropriations

 

Senate Bill 22-099 Representatives Dennis Hisey and Robert Rodriguez 

SEALING CRIMINAL RECORDS

 

Automates the process for sealing criminal records for those records that are eligible for sealing by the court under current law, for crimes not subject to the Victims’ Rights Amendment. The bill makes it an unfair employment practice to discharge or to refuse to hire a  person based on contents of a sealed record and makes it an unfair housing practice to refuse to show, sell, transfer, rent, or lease housing based on the contents of a sealed criminal record.

 

Fiscal Note: $896,228 in 2022-23; $8,085,702 in 2023-24; $1,271,562 in 2024-25

Senate Appropriations

 

House Bill 22-1279 Representatives Meg Froelich and Daneya Esgar and Senator Julie Gonzales 

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH EQUITY ACT

 

The bill declares that every individual has a fundamental right to use or refuse contraception; every pregnant individual has a fundamental right to continue the pregnancy and give birth or to have an abortion; and a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent or derivative rights under the laws of the state.

The bill prohibits state and local public entities from:

  • Denying, restricting, interfering with, or discriminating against an individual’s fundamental right to use or refuse contraception or to continue a pregnancy and give birth or to have an abortion in the regulation or provision of benefits, services, information, or facilities; and
  • Depriving, through prosecution, punishment, or other means, an individual of the individual’s right to act or refrain from acting during the individual’s own pregnancy based on the potential, actual, or perceived impact on the pregnancy, the pregnancy’s outcomes, or on the pregnant individual’s health.

Fiscal Note:  None

Signed into Law

 

House Bill 22-1269 Representatives Susan Lontine and Senator Chris Hansen

HEALTH CARE SHARING CONSUMER PROTECTIONS

The bill requires any person that is not authorized to engage in the business of insurance in this state but that offers or intends to offer a plan or arrangement to facilitate payment of or to cover health-care costs or services for Colorado residents to annually submit to the commissioner of insurance (commissioner) specified information and a certification that the information is accurate and complies with the requirements of the bill. The submission must include information about the operation of the plan or arrangement in the immediately preceding calendar year, including:

  • The number of participants in the plan or arrangement;
  • The total amount of fees, dues, or other payments collected from participants and the percentage of fees, dues, or other payments that the person retained;
  • The total amount of payments made to providers or to reimburse participants for health-care services provided or received;
  • The estimated number of participants the person anticipates in the next calendar year;
  • The counties in which the person offers or intends to offer a plan or arrangement and any other states in which the person offers a plan or arrangement;
  • A list of third parties associated with, or offering or enrolling participants in a plan or arrangement on behalf of, the person and a detailed accounting of commissions or other remuneration paid to a third party for services provided in promoting or administering the plan or arrangement;
  • The person’s reserve balance; and
  • Contact information for an individual serving as the person’s contact person in this state, a list of the person’s officers and directors, and the person’s organizational chart.

Within 45 days after receipt, the commissioner is to determine whether a submission by a person is complete. Each year, the commissioner is to compile a report summarizing the information submitted by persons, post the report on the division of insurance website, and submit the report to specified legislative committees. The commissioner is authorized to adopt rules to implement the bill and to issue an emergency cease-and-desist order against a person that fails to comply with the requirements of the bill.

Fiscal Note:$93,084 in 2022-23; $68,000 in 2023-24

House Appropriations

 

House Bill 22-1284 Representatives Daneya Esgar and Marc Catlin and Senators Bob Gardner and Brittany Petersen

HEALTH INSURANCE SURPRISE BILLING PROTECTIONS

The bill changes current state law to align with the federal “No Surprises Act” (act) by:

  • Allowing a covered person who requests an independent external review of a health-care coverage decision to request a review to determine if the services that were provided or may be provided by an out-of-network provider or facility are subject to an in-network benefit level of coverage;
  • Requiring that payments made for health-care services provided at an in-network facility or by an out-of-network provider be applied to the covered person’s in-network deductible and any out-of-pocket maximum amounts as if the services were provided by an in-network provider;
  • Requiring that emergency health-care services, regardless of the facility at which they are provided, be covered at the in-network benefit level;
  • Requiring each health insurance carrier (carrier) to cover post-stabilization services to stabilize a patient after a medical emergency at the in-network benefit level unless specific criteria are met;
  • Requiring carriers to develop disclosures to provide to covered persons that comply with the act;
  • Requiring the commissioner of insurance (commissioner) and certain regulators of health-care occupations to adopt rules concerning disclosure requirements, including a list of ancillary services for which a provider or facility cannot charge a balance bill;
  • Requiring the commissioner to convene a work group to facilitate and streamline the implementation of the payment of claims for services provided by an out-of-network provider at an in-network facility and for services surrounding a medical emergency;
  • Prohibiting a carrier from recalculating a covered person’s cost-sharing amount based on an additional payment made as a result of arbitration;
  • Requiring the parties to an arbitration over health-care coverage to split the costs of the arbitrator if the parties reach an agreement before the final decision of the arbitrator;
  • Allowing administrators of self-funded health benefit plans to elect to be subject to state law concerning coverage for health-care services from out-of-network providers and facilities;
  • Authorizing the commissioner to promulgate rules to implement the requirements of the act;
  • Changing the amount of time that a managed care plan must allow a person to continue to receive care from a provider from 60 to 90 days after the date an in-network provider is terminated from a plan without cause;
  • Implementing specific requirements for health-care coverage and services for covered persons who are continuing care patients of a provider or facility whose contract with the patient’s health insurer is terminated; and
  • Allowing an out-of-network provider and an out-of-network facility to charge a covered person a balance bill for health-care services other than ancillary services if the out-of-network provider complies with specific notice requirements and obtains the covered person’s signed consent.

The bill changes from January 1 to March 1 the date by which a carrier is required to submit information to the commissioner concerning the use of out-of-network providers and out-of-network facilities and the impact on health insurance premiums for consumers.

Fiscal Note: $280,127 one-time funds

House Health Insurance

 

House Bill 22-1289 Representatives Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez and Julie McCluskie and Senator Dominck Moreno

COVER ALL COLORADANS

The bill expands Medicaid coverage to low-income pregnant people and children, regardless of immigration status; requires the Insurance Commissioner to improve the quality of health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Affordability Enterprise; and extends a survey of birthing parents indefinitely, among other requirements

 

Fiscal Note: About $17 million per year

House Health Insurance

 

REQUEST FOR SUPPORT- VOTE April 18

 

Senate Bill 22-087 Senators Brittany Petersen and Rhonda Fieldss and Representatives Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez  and Dafna Michaelson Jenet

HEALTHY MEALS FOR ALL PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS

The bill creates the Healthy School Meals for All program in the Colorado Department of Education to provide reimbursement to school food authorities for offering free meals to all students, and to offer local food purchasing grants and increase employee wages. It also requires that CDE apply to participate in a federal direct certification demonstration project.

Fiscal note: $491,172 in 2022-2023; $294,401 in 2023-24; 2024-2025 $60- $90 million

Senate Appropriations

 

For questions, or more information contact CSLC Legislative Chair: Chaer Robert crobert@cclponline.org . CSLC members seeking a bill endorsement on an already introduced bill, please submit bill position request form available on our website: www.cslc.org or by emailing crobert@cclponline.org 

 

CSLC Bill Positions

March 28, 2022

 

SUPPORT

 

Senate Bill 22-086 Senators Faith Winter and Representative Matt Grey

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION AND CONSUMER DEBT PROTECTION

 

Current Colorado consumer protection laws are relatively weak; while they are intended to protect income and property needed to meet basic needs – such as housing, cars, tools and other property needed to work, current protections have been outpaced by home and vehicle values, inflation and the rising cost of living. Recently, the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) rated Colorado a “D” because of how few resources we exempt from extraordinary collections from debt collection, judgments, garnishment and in Bankruptcy. The bill increases the CO Homestead Exemption and adds non-traditional housing; reinstates bank account exemption which was in effect in 2/2020 to 06/01/2021 due to COVID; increases vehicle exemption; increases disability benefit exemption; increases farm equipment/livestock exemption; adds exemption for future economic stimulus payments; adds firearm/hunting equipment exemption [up to $1,000]; adds exemption for health savings accounts; add exemption for funds reserved for taxes & insurance on some reverse mortgages; keeps exemptions on unemployment & child support even if funds commingled.

 

Fiscal note:No fiscal impact

Governor’s

 

House Bill 22-1010   Representatives Emily Sirota and Tonya Van Beber and Senators Janice Buckner and Barbara Kirkmeyer

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR INCOME TAX CREDIT

 

The bill creates a refundable income tax credit for early childhood educators who have an adjusted gross income of less than or equal to $75,000 for a single return or $85,000 for a joint return, has held an early childhood professional credential for at least six months, and is the licensee of an eligible early childcare program or employed by an eligible program for at least six months. An eligible program is an early childhood education program or licensed family childcare home that has held a level two Colorado Shines quality rating and has a fiscal agreement with the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) or meets the federal standards for a Head Start Program. The credit can be claimed from January 1, 2022, through January 1, 2027. Credit amounts include: ∙ $500 for an Early Childcare Professional I, IV, V, and VI; ∙ $750 for an Early Childcare Professional II; and ∙ $1,000 for an Early Childcare Professional III.

 

Fiscal Note: $185,674 in 2022-23, $110,200 in 2023-24. When implemented, the tax credit will reduce state revenues by approximately $8,000,000 per year. 

House Appropriations Committee

 

House Bill 22-1083 Representatives Kerry Tipper and Janice Rich  and Senator Faith Winter 

COLORADO HOMELESS CONTRIBUTION INCOME TAX CREDIT

 

This bill upgrades and enhances the current enterprise zone contribution tax credit that is used to support organizations that serve people experiencing homelessness. Benefits of this improvement include: • Making the credit available to providers statewide; • Expanding the types of homeless services that are eligible to include street outreach, homelessness prevention, and emergency shelter programs; • Incentivizing donations to providers in rural and distressed areas; • And simplifying the administration of the credit.

 

Fiscal note: About $200,000 expenditure. Reduces state revenue by about $8 million when fully implemented. 

House Appropriations

 

House Bill 22-1259 Representatives Monica Duran and Iman Jodeh and Senator Dominick Moreno

MODIFICATIONS TO COLORADO WORKS PROGRAM

The bill phases in an increase in the monthly grant for families in Colorado Works (TANF) from 28%of the Federal Poverty Level (e.g. $508 per month for a family of 3) to 50% of FPL over 5 years. It allows families to receive help as they transition to work by not counting new work income for the first 6 months, then phasing in a step down of partial disregard of work income for a period after that. This would eliminate the “cliff effect”- sudden loss of aid upon employment. It standardizes across the state the criteria for exemption to mandatory work participation and up to the 5 year lifetime limit to the degree allowed by federal law. It reduces sanctions for violating program rules like missing meetings. It adds outreach efforts and recipient voice, including exit interviews, to the program.

 

Fiscal note: As introduced: $42 million in 2023-24. When fully implemented in 2027-$140 million in general funds.

House Public and Behavioral health and Human Services Committee

 

House Bill 22-1287 Representatives Andrew Boesenecker and Edie Hooton and Senator Faith Winter

PROTECTIONS FOR MOBILE HOME PARK RESIDENTS

This bill adds protection for residents of Mobile Home Parks in three basic areas:

-Lot rent stabilization- parameters for how much lot rents can increase year over year.

-Opportunity to purchase- lengthens timelines for residents of a mobile home park that has gone up for sale to come up with a counter-offer. Expands ability for residents to assign their right to purchase their mobile home park working in conjunction with a local government.

-Strengthen and clarify the Alternative Dispute Resolution process in Department of Local Affairs for resident complaints against park owners. Adds some ability to enforce provisions of the Mobile Home Park Act. 

 

Fiscal Note:As introduced $400,000 / yr in cash funds

House Transportation and Local Government

 

Senate Bill 22-099 Representatives Dennis Hisey and Robert Rodriguez 

SEALING CRIMINAL RECORDS

Automates the process for sealing criminal records for those records that are eligible for sealing by the court under current law, for crimes not subject to the Victims’ Rights Amendment.The bill makes it an unfair employment practice to discharge or to refuse to hire a  person based on contents of a sealed record and makes it an unfair housing practice to refuse to show, sell, transfer, rent, or lease housing based on the contents of a sealed criminal record.

 

Fiscal Note: $896,228 in 2022-23; $8,085,702 in 2023-24; $1,271,562 in 2024-25

Senate Appropriations

 

House Bill 22-1279 Representatives Meg Froelich and Daneya Esgar and Senator Julie Gonzales 

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH EQUITY ACT

The bill declares that every individual has a fundamental right to use or refuse contraception; every pregnant individual has a fundamental right to continue the pregnancy and give birth or to have an abortion; and a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent or derivative rights under the laws of the state.

The bill prohibits state and local public entities from:

  • Denying, restricting, interfering with, or discriminating against an individual’s fundamental right to use or refuse contraception or to continue a pregnancy and give birth or to have an abortion in the regulation or provision of benefits, services, information, or facilities; and
  • Depriving, through prosecution, punishment, or other means, an individual of the individual’s right to act or refrain from acting during the individual’s own pregnancy based on the potential, actual, or perceived impact on the pregnancy, the pregnancy’s outcomes, or on the pregnant individual’s health.

Fiscal Note:  None

Governor’s 

 

For questions, or more information contact CSLC Legislative Chair: Chaer Robert crobert@cclponline.org . CSLC members seeking a bill endorsement on an already introduced bill, please submit bill position request form available on our website: www.cslc.org or by emailing crobert@cclponline.org 

 

March 18, 2022

 

SUPPORT

 

Senate Bill 22-086 Senators Faith Winter and Representative Matt Grey

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION AND CONSUMER DEBT PROTECTION

 

Current Colorado consumer protection laws are relatively weak; while they are intended to protect income and property needed to meet basic needs – such as housing, cars, tools and other property needed to work, current protections have been outpaced by home and vehicle values, inflation and the rising cost of living. Recently, the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) rated Colorado a “D” because of how few resources we exempt from extraordinary collections from debt collection, judgments, garnishment and in Bankruptcy. The bill increases the CO Homestead Exemption and adds non-traditional housing; reinstates bank account exemption which was in effect in 2/2020 to 06/01/2021 due to COVID; increases vehicle exemption; increases disability benefit exemption; increases farm equipment/livestock exemption; adds exemption for future economic stimulus payments; adds firearm/hunting equipment exemption [up to $1,000]; adds exemption for health savings accounts; add exemption for funds reserved for taxes & insurance on some reverse mortgages; keeps exemptions on unemployment & child support even if funds commingled.

 

Fiscal note:No fiscal impact

House Second

 

House Bill 22-1010   Representatives Emily Sirota and Tonya Van Beber and Senators Janice Buckner and Barbara Kirkmeyer

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR INCOME TAX CREDIT

 

The bill creates a refundable income tax credit for early childhood educators who have an adjusted gross income of less than or equal to $75,000 for a single return or $85,000 for a joint return, has held an early childhood professional credential for at least six months, and is the licensee of an eligible early childcare program or employed by an eligible program for at least six months. An eligible program is an early childhood education program or licensed family childcare home that has held a level two Colorado Shines quality rating and has a fiscal agreement with the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) or meets the federal standards for a Head Start Program. The credit can be claimed from January 1, 2022, through January 1, 2027. Credit amounts include: ∙ $500 for an Early Childcare Professional I, IV, V, and VI; ∙ $750 for an Early Childcare Professional II; and ∙ $1,000 for an Early Childcare Professional III.

 

Fiscal Note: $185,674 in 2022-23, $110,200 in 2023-24. When implemented, the tax credit will reduce state revenues by approximately $8,000,000 per year. 

House Appropriations Committee

 

House Bill 22-1083 Representatives Kerry Tipper and Janice Rich  and Senator Faith Winter 

COLORADO HOMELESS CONTRIBUTION INCOME TAX CREDIT

 

This bill upgrades and enhances the current enterprise zone contribution tax credit that is used to support organizations that serve people experiencing homelessness. Benefits of this improvement include: • Making the credit available to providers statewide; • Expanding the types of homeless services that are eligible to include street outreach, homelessness prevention, and emergency shelter programs; • Incentivizing donations to providers in rural and distressed areas; • And simplifying the administration of the credit.

 

Fiscal note: About $200,000 expenditure. Reduces state revenue by about $8 million when fully implemented. 

House Appropriations

 

House Bill 22-1259 Representatives Monica Duran and Iman Jodeh and Senator Dominick Moreno

MODIFICATIONS TO COLORADO WORKS PROGRAM

The bill phases in an increase in the monthly grant for families in Colorado Works (TANF) from 28%of the Federal Poverty Level (e.g. $508 per month for a family of 3) to 50% of FPL over 5 years. It allows families to receive help as they transition to work by not counting new work income for the first 6 months, then phasing in a step down of partial disregard of work income for a period after that. This would eliminate the “cliff effect”- sudden loss of aid upon employment. It standardizes across the state the criteria for exemption to mandatory work participation and up to the 5 year lifetime limit to the degree allowed by federal law. It reduces sanctions for violating program rules like missing meetings. It adds outreach efforts and recipient voice, including exit interviews, to the program.

 

Fiscal note: Not yet available

House Public and Behavioral health and Human Services Committee

 

REQUEST FOR SUPPORT

 

House Bill 22-1287 Representatives Adrew Boesenecker and Hooton and Senator Faith Winter

PROTECTIONS FOR MOBILE HOME PARK RESIDENTS

This bill adds protection for residents of Mobile Home Parks in three basic areas:

-Lot rent stabilization- parameters for how much lot rents can increase year over year.

-Opportunity to purchase- lengthens timelines for residents of a mobile home park that haas gone up for sale to come up with a counter-offer. Expands ability for residents to assign their right to purchase their mobile home park working in conjunction with a local government.

-Strengthen and clarify the Alternative Dispute Resolution process in Department of Local Affairs for resident complaints against park owners. Fasttracks process for emergency issues. Adds some ability to enforce provisions of the Mobile Home Park Act. 

 

Fiscal Note:TBD

House Transportation and Local Government

 

Senate Bill 22-099 Representatives Dennis Hisey (R) and Robert Rodriguez (D)

SEALING CRIMINAL RECORDS

Automates the process for sealing criminal records for those records that are eligible for sealing by the court under current law, for crimes not subject to the Victims’ Rights Amendment.The bill makes it an unfair employment practice to discharge or to refuse to hire a  person based on contents of a sealed record and makes it an unfair housing practice to refuse to show, sell, transfer, rent, or lease housing based on the contents of a sealed criminal record.

 

Fiscal Note: $896,228 in 2022-23; $8,085,702 in 2023-24; $1,271,562 in 2024-25

Senate Appropriations

 

EXPEDITED REQUEST FOR SUPPORT

Referred from Executive Committee

 

House Bill 22-099 Representatives Meg Froelich (D) and Daneya Esgar (D) and Senator Julie Gonzales (D)

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH EQUITY ACT

The bill declares that every individual has a fundamental right to use or refuse contraception; every pregnant individual has a fundamental right to continue the pregnancy and give birth or to have an abortion; and a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent or derivative rights under the laws of the state.

The bill prohibits state and local public entities from:

  • Denying, restricting, interfering with, or discriminating against an individual’s fundamental right to use or refuse contraception or to continue a pregnancy and give birth or to have an abortion in the regulation or provision of benefits, services, information, or facilities; and
  • Depriving, through prosecution, punishment, or other means, an individual of the individual’s right to act or refrain from acting during the individual’s own pregnancy based on the potential, actual, or perceived impact on the pregnancy, the pregnancy’s outcomes, or on the pregnant individual’s health.

Fiscal Note:  None

House Floor

 

For questions, or more information contact CSLC Legislative Chair: Chaer Robert crobert@cclponline.org . CSLC members seeking a bill endorsement on an already introduced bill, please submit bill position request form available on our website: www.cslc.org or by emailing crobert@cclponline.org 

March 14, 2022

 

SUPPORT

 

Senate Bill 22-086 Senators Faith Winter and Representative Matt Grey

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION AND CONSUMER DEBT PROTECTION

 

Current Colorado consumer protection laws are relatively weak; while they are intended to protect income and property needed to meet basic needs – such as housing, cars, tools and other property needed to work, current protections have been outpaced by home and vehicle values, inflation and the rising cost of living. Recently, the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) rated Colorado a “D” because of how few resources we exempt from extraordinary collections from debt collection, judgments, garnishment and in Bankruptcy. The bill increases the CO Homestead Exemption and adds non-traditional housing; reinstates bank account exemption which was in effect in 2/2020 to 06/01/2021 due to COVID; increases vehicle exemption; increases disability benefit exemption; increases farm equipment/livestock exemption; adds exemption for future economic stimulus payments; adds firearm/hunting equipment exemption [up to $1,000]; adds exemption for health savings accounts; add exemption for funds reserved for taxes & insurance on some reverse mortgages; keeps exemptions on unemployment & child support even if funds commingled.

 

Fiscal note:No fiscal impact

House Judiciary

 

House Bill 22-1010   Representatives Emily Sirota and Tonya Van Beber and Senators Janice Buckner and Barbara Kirkmeyer

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR INCOME TAX CREDIT

 

The bill creates a refundable income tax credit for early childhood educators who have an adjusted gross income of less than or equal to $75,000 for a single return or $85,000 for a joint return, has held an early childhood professional credential for at least six months, and is the licensee of an eligible early childcare program or employed by an eligible program for at least six months. An eligible program is an early childhood education program or licensed family childcare home that has held a level two Colorado Shines quality rating and has a fiscal agreement with the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) or meets the federal standards for a Head Start Program. The credit can be claimed from January 1, 2022, through January 1, 2027. Credit amounts include: ∙ $500 for an Early Childcare Professional I, IV, V, and VI; ∙ $750 for an Early Childcare Professional II; and ∙ $1,000 for an Early Childcare Professional III.

 

Fiscal Note: $185,674 in 2022-23, $110,200 in 2023-24. When implemented, the tax credit will reduce state revenues by approximately $8,000,000 per year. 

House Appropriations Committee

 

House Bill 22-1083 Representatives Kerry Tipper and Janice Rich  and Senator Faith Winter 

COLORADO HOMELESS CONTRIBUTION INCOME TAX CREDIT

 

This bill upgrades and enhances the current enterprise zone contribution tax credit that is used to support organizations that serve people experiencing homelessness. Benefits of this improvement include: • Making the credit available to providers statewide; • Expanding the types of homeless services that are eligible to include street outreach, homelessness prevention, and emergency shelter programs; • Incentivizing donations to providers in rural and distressed areas; • And simplifying the administration of the credit.

 

Fiscal note: About $200,000 expenditure. Reduces state revenue by about $8 million when fully implemented. 

House Appropriations

 

House Bill 22-1259 Representatives Monica Duran and Iman Jodeh and Senator Dominick Moreno

MODIFICATIONS TO COLORADO WORKS PROGRAM

The bill phases in an increase in the monthly grant for families in Colorado Works (TANF) from 28%of the Federal Poverty Level (e.g. $508 per month for a family of 3) to 50% of FPL over 5 years. It allows families to receive help as they transition to work by not counting new work income for the first 6 months, then phasing in a step down of partial disregard of work income for a period after that. This would eliminate the “cliff effect”- sudden loss of aid upon employment. It standardizes across the state the criteria for exemption to mandatory work participation and up to the 5 year lifetime limit to the degree allowed by federal law. It reduces sanctions for violating program rules like missing meetings. It adds outreach efforts and recipient voice, including exit interviews, to the program.

 

Fiscal note: Not yet available

House Public and Behavioral health and Human Services Committee

 

REQUEST FOR SUPPORT

 

House Bill 22-1287 Representatives Adrew Boesenecker and Hooton and Senator Faith Winter

PROTECTIONS FOR MOBILE HOME PARK RESIDENTS

This bill adds protection for residents of Mobile Home Parks in three basic areas:

-Lot rent stabilization- parameters for how much lot rents can increase year over year.

-Opportunity to purchase- lengthens timelines for residents of a mobile home park that haas gone up for sale to come up with a counter-offer. Expands ability for residents to assign their right to purchase their mobile home park working in conjunction with a local government.

-Strengthen and clarify the Alternative Dispute Resolution process in Department of Local Affairs for resident complaints against park owners. Fasttracks process for emergency issues. Adds some ability to enforce provisions of the Mobile Home Park Act. 

 

Fiscal Note:TBD

House Transportation and Local Government

 

For questions, or more information contact CSLC Legislative Chair: Chaer Robert crobert@cclponline.org . CSLC members seeking a bill endorsement on an already introduced bill, please submit bill position request form available on our website: www.cslc.org or by emailing crobert@cclponline.org 

 

February 28, 2022

Attached is an updated CSLC Bill Endorsement list .
 
We can vote on whether to support SB 086 at the conclusion of Monday’s meeting , as the meeting is about the Debt Modernization Bill. 
 
 TANF bill for requested support , which we had a panel on a few weeks back. The bill has now been introduced- and has a number – HB1259 – http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb22-1259

SUPPORT

 

House Bill 22-1010   Representatives Emily Sirota and Tonya Van Beber and Senators Janice Buckner and Barbara Kirkmeyer

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR INCOME TAX CREDIT

 

The bill creates a refundable income tax credit for early childhood educators who have an adjusted gross income of less than or equal to $75,000 for a single return or $85,000 for a joint return, has held an early childhood professional credential for at least six months, and is the licensee of an eligible early childcare program or employed by an eligible program for at least six months. An eligible program is an early childhood education program or licensed family childcare home that has held a level two Colorado Shines quality rating and has a fiscal agreement with the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) or meets the federal standards for a Head Start Program. The credit can be claimed from January 1, 2022, through January 1, 2027. Credit amounts include: ∙ $500 for an Early Childcare Professional I, IV, V, and VI; ∙ $750 for an Early Childcare Professional II; and ∙ $1,000 for an Early Childcare Professional III.

 

Fiscal Note: $185,674 in 2022-23, $110,200 in 2023-24. When implemented, the tax credit will reduce state revenues by approximately $8,000,000 per year. 

House Appropriations Committee

 

House Bill 22-1083 Representatives Kerry Tipper and Janice Rich  and Senator Faith Winter 

COLORADO HOMELESS CONTRIBUTION INCOME TAX CREDIT

 

This bill upgrades and enhances the current enterprise zone contribution tax credit that is used to support organizations that serve people experiencing homelessness. Benefits of this improvement include: • Making the credit available to providers statewide; • Expanding the types of homeless services that are eligible to include street outreach, homelessness prevention, and emergency shelter programs; • Incentivizing donations to providers in rural and distressed areas; • And simplifying the administration of the credit.

 

Fiscal note: About $200,000 expenditure. Reduces state revenue by about $8 million when fully implemented. 

House Appropriations

 

REQUEST FOR SUPPORT – Up for vote February 28

 

Senate Bill 22-086 Senators Faith Winter and Representative Matt Grey

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION AND CONSUMER DEBT PROTECTION

 

Current Colorado consumer protection laws are relatively weak; while they are intended to protect income and property needed to meet basic needs – such as housing, cars, tools and other property needed to work, current protections have been outpaced by home and vehicle values, inflation and the rising cost of living. Recently, the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) rated Colorado a “D” because of how few resources we exempt from extraordinary collections from debt collection, judgments, garnishment and in Bankruptcy. The bill increases the CO Homestead Exemption and adds non-traditional housing; reinstates a bank account exemption which was in effect in 2/2020 to 06/01/2021 due to COVID; increases vehicle exemption; increases disability benefit exemption; increases farm equipment/livestock exemption; adds exemption for future economic stimulus payments; adds firearm/hunting equipment exemption; adds exemption for health savings accounts; add exemption for funds reserved for taxes & insurance on some reverse mortgages; keeps exemptions on unemployment & child support even if funds commingled.

 

Fiscal note:  No fiscal impact

Senate Finance

 

REQUEST FOR SUPPORT – Up for vote March 7

 

House Bill 22-1259 Representatives Monica Duran and Iman Jodeh and Senator Dominick Moreno

MODIFICATIONSTO COLORADO WORKS PROGRAM

The bill phases in an increase in the monthly grant for families in Colorado Works ( TANF) from 28% of the federal poverty level- (e.g.$508/mon for a family of 3), to 50% of FPL over five years. It allows families to receive help as they transition to work by not counting new work income again their eligibility for the first 6 months, then phasing in a step down of partial disregard of work income for a period after that. This would eliminate the “cliff effect”- sudden loss of aid upon employment. It standardizes across the state the criteria for exemption to mandatory work participation and to the 5 year lifetime limit to the degree allowed by federal law. It reduces sanctions for violating program rules like missing meetings. It adds outreach efforts and recipient voice, including exit interviews, to the program.

 

Fiscal Note: Not yet available

House Public Benefits and Health Committee

 

For questions, or more information contact CSLC Legislative Chair: Chaer Robert crobert@cclponline.org . CSLC members seeking a bill endorsement on an already introduced bill, please submit bill position request form available on our website: www.cslc.org or by emailing crobert@cclponline.org 

 

February 14, 2022

 

SUPPORT

 

House Bill 22-1010   Representatives Emily Sirota and Tonya Van Beber and Senators Janice Buckner and Barbara Kirkmeyer

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR INCOME TAX CREDIT

 

The bill creates a refundable income tax credit for early childhood educators who have an adjusted gross income of less than or equal to $75,000 for a single return or $85,000 for a joint return, has held an early childhood professional credential for at least six months, and is the licensee of an eligible early childcare program or employed by an eligible program for at least six months. An eligible program is an early childhood education program or licensed family childcare home that has held a level two Colorado Shines quality rating and has a fiscal agreement with the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) or meets the federal standards for a Head Start Program. The credit can be claimed from January 1, 2022, through January 1, 2027. Credit amounts include: ∙ $500 for an Early Childcare Professional I, IV, V, and VI; ∙ $750 for an Early Childcare Professional II; and ∙ $1,000 for an Early Childcare Professional III.

 

Fiscal Note: $185,674 in 2022-23, $110,200 in 2023-24. When implemented, the tax credit will reduce state revenues by approximately $8,000,000 per year. 

House Appropriations Committee

 

House Bill 22-1083 Representatives Kerry Tipper and Janice Rich  and Senator Faith Winter 

COLORADO HOMELESS CONTRIBUTION INCOME TAX CREDIT

 

This bill upgrades and enhances the current enterprise zone contribution tax credit that is used to support organizations that serve people experiencing homelessness. Benefits of this improvement include: • Making the credit available to providers statewide; • Expanding the types of homeless services that are eligible to include street outreach, homelessness prevention, and emergency shelter programs; • Incentivizing donations to providers in rural and distressed areas; • And simplifying the administration of the credit.

 

Fiscal note: About $200,000 expenditure. Reduces state revenue by about $8 million when fully implemented. 

House Appropriations

 

REQUEST FOR SUPPORT – Up for vote February 28

 

Senate Bill 22-086 Senators Faith Winter and Representative Matt Grey

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION AND CONSUMER DEBT PROTECTION

 

Current Colorado consumer protection laws are relatively weak; while they are intended to protect income and property needed to meet basic needs – such as housing, cars, tools and other property needed to work, current protections have been outpaced by home and vehicle values, inflation and the rising cost of living. Recently, the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) rated Colorado a “D” because of how few resources we exempt from extraordinary collections from debt collection, judgments, garnishment and in Bankruptcy. The bill increases the CO Homestead Exemption and adds non-traditional housing; reinstates bank account exemption up to $5,000 which was in effect in 2/2020 to 06/01/2021 due to COVID; increases vehicle exemption; increases disability benefit exemption; increases farm equipment/livestock exemption; adds exemption for future economic stimulus payments; adds firearm/hunting equipment exemption [up to $1,000]; adds exemption for health savings accounts; add exemption for funds reserved for taxes & insurance on some reverse mortgages; keeps exemptions on unemployment & child support even if funds commingled.

 

Fiscal note:

Senate Finance

For questions, or more information contact CSLC Legislative Chair: Chaer Robert crobert@cclponline.org . CSLC members seeking a bill endorsement on an already introduced bill, please submit bill position request form available on our website: www.cslc.org or by emailing crobert@cclponline.org

 

January 30, 2022

 

REQUEST FOR SUPPORT- Up for Vote

 

House Bill 22-1010   Representatives Emily Sirota and Tonya Van Beber and Senators Janice Buckner and Barbara Kirkmeyer

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR INCOME TAX CREDIT

 

The bill creates a refundable income tax credit for early childhood educators who have an adjusted gross income of less than or equal to $75,000 for a single return or $85,000 for a joint return, has held an early childhood professional credential for at least six months, and is the licensee of an eligible early childcare program or employed by an eligible program for at least six months. An eligible program is an early childhood education program or licensed family childcare home that has held a level two Colorado Shines quality rating and has a fiscal agreement with the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) or meets the federal standards for a Head Start Program. The credit can be claimed from January 1, 2022, through January 1, 2027. Credit amounts include: ∙ $500 for an Early Childcare Professional I, IV, V, and VI; ∙ $750 for an Early Childcare Professional II; and ∙ $1,000 for an Early Childcare Professional III.

 

Fiscal Note: $185,674 in 2022-23, $110,200 in 2023-24. When implemented, the tax credit will reduce state revenues by approximately $8,000,000 per year. 

House Education Committee

 

REQUEST FOR SUPPORT – First Reading

 

House Bill 22-1083 Representatives Kerry Tipper and Janice Rich  and Senator Faith Winter 

COLORADO HOMELESS CONTRIBUTION INCOME TAX CREDIT

 

This bill upgrades and enhances the current enterprise zone contribution tax credit that is used to support organizations that serve people experiencing homelessness. Benefits of this improvement include: • Making the credit available to providers statewide; • Expanding the types of homeless services that are eligible to include street outreach, homelessness prevention, and emergency shelter programs; • Incentivizing donations to providers in rural and distressed areas; • And simplifying the administration of the credit.

 

Fiscal note: TBD

House Finance

 

For questions, or more information contact CSLC Legislative Chair: Chaer Robert crobert@cclponline.org . CSLC members seeking a bill endorsement on an already introduced bill, please submit bill position request form available on our website: www.cslc.org or by emailing crobert@cclponline.org 

Requests for CSLC to Support or Oppose legislation during the 2021 session:

Members of CSLC who wish to present bills for consideration should complete the form below and e-mail it our CSLC Legislative Chair: Chaer Robert (Crobert@cclponline.org)

CSLC Position Form-2022

Requests will be presented to CSLC membership at the next Monday program meeting and will be voted on the following week (giving members one week’s notice to consider the bill).

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CSLC Bill Positions

 

CSLC Bill Positions

June 14,2021

 

SUPPORT

 

Senate Bill 21-158 Senators Jessie Danielson and Brittany Pettersen and Representatives Brianna Titone and Monica Duran

INCREASE MEDICAL PROVIDERS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

Modifies the Colorado Health Service Corps program to include education loan repayment for geriatric advanced practice providers.

Fiscal Note:$430,000

Govenor

 

Senate Bill 21-173   Senators Julie Gonzales & Dominick Moreno and Reps Yadira Caraveo and Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez

RIGHTS IN RESIDENTIAL LEASE AGREEMENTS

Limits late fees, prohibits evictions solely for unpaid late fees, adds financial penalty for illegal lock-outs by landlords, give renters more time to come up with rent to avoid eviction; eliminates bond requirement for court proceedings, bans lease clauses that provide financial incentives to landlords to evict. 

Fiscal Note: $19,385 in 2021-22; $29,456 in 2022-23.
Governor

 

Senate Bill 21-175 Senators Sonya Jaquez Lewis and Julie Gonzales and Representative Yadira Caraveo and Chris Kennedy

PRESCRIPTION DRUG AFFORDABILITY REVIEW BOARD

Creates an independent panel of experts to conduct affordability reviews and set upper payment limits for the most unaffordable drugs in Colorado. Manufacturers can appeal.

Fiscal Note: $843,567 in 2021-2; $515,479  in 2022-23

Governor

 

Senate Bill 21-187 Senator Jessie Danielson and Representative Dominique Jackson

DIALYSIS TREATMENT TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

Creates a Dialysis Transportation Provider Reimbursement Program within Department of Transportation. It would reimburse dialysis transportation providers who transport patients 50 or older who are not otherwise covered by Medicaid. Funded with per treatment fee on for-profit dialysis clinics. 

Fiscal Note: Fee funded – $4.5 Million/yr

Postponed Indefinitely

 

Senate Bill 21-199  Senators Sonya Jaquez Lewis and Faith Winter and Representatives Daneya Esgar and Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez

REMOVE BARRIERS TO CERTAIN PUBLIC OPPORTUNITIES

Repeals provisions that require a person to demonstrate lawful presence in U.S. to be eligible for certain public benefits and requires that lawful 

presence is not a requirement of eligibility for state or local public benefits as defined by U.S.C. sec.1621.

Fiscal Note:  $262,508 in 2021-22; $63,275 in 2022-23

Governor

 

Senate Bill 21-200 Senators Faith Winter and Dominick Moreno and Representative Dominique Jackson

REDUCE GREENHOUSE GASSES; INCREASE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

This bill directs the Air Quality Control Commission in CDPHE to promulgate rules related to the greenhouse gas emission reductions spelled out in House Bill 12-1261. The bill also creates a position of Environmental Justice Ombudsman within CDPHE to advocate for and be a liaison to disproportionately impacted communities. 

Fiscal note:  $4.4 million general fund in 2021-2022, switching to $4 million/yr in fee funding.

Killed, but some provisions incorporated into HB1266. 

 

Senate Bill 21-246 Senator Steve Fenberg

ELECTRIC UTILITY PROMOTE BENEFICIAL ELECTRIFICATION

This bill requires investor- owned electric utilities to file beneficial electrification plans with the PUC.This is defined as converting a customer’s fuel source from non-electrical to high efficiency electrical. It targets 20% of program expenditure io low-income households or disproportionately affect communities.

 

Fiscal Note: $358,973 in 2021-22; $795,427 in 2022-23

Governor

 

House Bill 21-1054 Representative Dominique Jackson  and Senator Julie Gonzales

HOUSING PUBLIC BENEFIT VERIFICATION REQUIREMENT

Creates exception for housing programs on requirement that applicants for public benefits verify lawful presence in the US unless otherwise required by federal law. 

Fiscal note:    None   

SIGNED INTO LAW

 

House Bill 21-1117   Representatives Susan Lontine & Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez & Senators Julie Gonzales & Robert Rodriguez

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY PROMOTE AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS

Clarifies that the existing authority of cities and counties to plan for and regulate the use of land includes the authority to regulate development or redevelopment in order to promote the construction of new affordable housing units. 

Fiscal note: None. 

Governor

 

House Bill 21-1121 Representatives Dominique Jackson and Iman Jodeh and Senator Julie Gonzales

RESIDENTIAL TENANCY PROCEDURES

Requires 10 days to execute Writ of restitution in evictions’ Limits rent increases to one annually.

Fiscal note: None

Governor

 

House Bill 21- 1150 Representative Iman Jodeh

COLORADO OFFICE OF NEW AMERICANS

Formally creates the Office of New Americans in the Department of Labor, but with a broad mission including economic stability, and successful economic, social, linguistic, and cultural integration of immigrants and refugees in Colorado. 

Fiscal Note: Currently grant funded for another year. Also transfers federal Refugee Services dollars from CDHS to CDLE.

Governor

 

House Bill 21-1194 Representatives Kerry Tipper and Naquetta Ricks and Senator Dominick Moreno

IMMIGRATION LEGAL DEFENSE FUND

Creates a grant program to provide representation to some of the indigent individuals in immigration deportation hearings in Colorado. 30% is also designated for preventative legal work outside metro Denver. 

Fiscal Note: $100,000/yr

Governor

 

House Bill 21-1198 Representative Iman Jodeh and Senators Janet Buckner and Chris Kolker

HEALTH CARE BILLING REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIGENT PATIENTS

Sets an enforceable standard for discounted care. Ensures that hospital providers screen patients that want assistance for public coverage and discounts. Prohibits collection action unless they have screen patients and offered a fair payment plan first. 

Fiscal Note: $186,421 in 2021-22; $521,127 in 2022-2023

Governor

 

House Bill 21-1232 Representatives Dylan Roberts and Iman Jodeh and Senator Kerry Donovan

STANDARDIZED HEALTH BENEFIT PLAN COLORADO OPTION

In this two-staged bill, the Division of Insurance would create a standardized plan for 2023 with input from stakeholders. The plan would be offered in the individual and small group markets, and be designed to reduce health disparities. At the same time, insurance carriers would be directed to lower premiums by 10% the first year, compared with average premiums in 2021, and by 20% the second year. If those targeted savings were not achieved, the state would stand up the Colorado option, in which the standardized plan would be offered and limitations to reimbursement to providers would be imposed by the Commissioner of Insurance in order to achieve the desired 20% reduction in premium costs.

Fiscal Note: $1.5 million in 2021-22; $1.9 million in 2022-23- primarily cash funded

Governor

 

OPPOSED

 

House Bill 21-1191 Reps Kim Ransom and Tonya Van Beber 

PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION COVID-19 VACCINE STATUS

Prohibits employers from taking adverse action against employees or applicants based on COVID19 vaccination status.

The state or a business cannot discriminate against customers based on COVID19 Vaccinee Status.

Fiscal note:  $21,904/yr

Postpone Indefinitely

 

CSLC Bill Positions

May 17, 2021

 

SUPPORT

 

Senate Bill 21-158 Senators Jessie Danielson and Brittany Pettersen and Representatives Brianna Titone and Monica Duran

INCREASE MEDICAL PROVIDERS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

Modifies the Colorado Health Service Corps program to include education loan repayment for geriatric advanced practice providers.

Fiscal Note:$257,841 for 2021-22; $429,611 2022—23.

Senate Second

 

Senate Bill 21-173   Senators Julie Gonzales & Dominick Moreno and Reps Yadira Caraveo and Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez

RIGHTS IN RESIDENTIAL LEASE AGREEMENTS

Limits late fees, prohibits evictions solely for unpaid late fees, adds financial penalty for illegal lock-outs by landlords, give renters more time to come up with rent to avoid eviction; eliminates bond requirement for court proceedings, bans lease clauses that provide financial incentives to landlords to evict. 

Fiscal Note: Was about $200,000 in initial bill, but amendments reduced costs substantially.
In House Business

 

Senate Bill 21-175 Senators Sonya Jaquez Lewis and Julie Gonzales and Representative Yadira Caraveo and Chris Kennedy

PRESCRIPTION DRUG AFFORDABILITY REVIEW BOARD

Creates an independent panel of experts to conduct affordability reviews and set upper payment limits for the most unaffordable drugs in Colorado. Manufacturers can appeal.

Fiscal Note: $793,569 in 2021-2; $481,479 in 2022-23

House Health Insurance

 

Senate Bill 21-187 Senator Jessie Danielson and Representative Dominique Jackson

DIALYSIS TREATMENT TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

Creates a Dialysis Transportation Provider Reimbursement Program within Department of Transportation. It would reimburse dialysis transportation providers who transport patients 50 or older who are not otherwise covered by Medicaid. Funded with per treatment fee on for-profit dialysis clinics. 

Fiscal Note: Fee funded – $4.5 Million/yr

Postponed Indefinitely

 

Senate Bill 21-199  Senators Sonya Jaquez Lewis and Faith Winter and Representatives Daneya Esgar and Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez

REMOVE BARRIERS TO CERTAIN PUBLIC OPPORTUNITIES

Repeals provisions that require a person to demonstrate lawful presence in U.S. to be eligible for certain public benefits and requires that lawful 

presence is not a requirement of eligibility for state or local public benefits as defined by U.S.C. sec.1621.

Fiscal Note:  $178,627 in 2021-22; $63,275 in 2022-23

Senate Second

 

Senate Bill 21-200 Senators Faith Winter and Dominick Moreno and Representative Dominique Jackson

REDUCE GREENHOUSE GASSES; INCREASE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

This bill directs the Air Quality Control Commission in CDPHE to promulgate rules related to the greenhouse gas emission reductions spelled out in House Bill 12-1261. The bill also creates a position of Environmental Justice Ombudsman within CDPHE to advocate for and be a liaison to disproportionately impacted communities. 

Fiscal note:  $4.4 million general fund in 2021-2022, switching to $4 million/yr in fee funding.

Senate Second

 

Senate Bill 21-246 Senator Steve Fenberg

ELECTRIC UTILITY PROMOTE BENEFICIAL ELECTRIFICATION

This bill requires investor- owned electric utilities to file beneficial electrification plans with the PUC.This is defined as converting a customer’s fuel source from non-electrical to high efficiency electrical. It targets 20% of program expenditure io low-income households or disproportionately affect communities.

 

Fiscal Note: $212,081 in 2021-22; $705,799 in 2022-23

House Energy

 

House Bill 21-1054 Representative Dominique Jackson  and Senator Julie Gonzales

HOUSING PUBLIC BENEFIT VERIFICATION REQUIREMENT

Creates exception for housing programs on requirement that applicants for public benefits verify lawful presence in the US unless otherwise required by federal law. 

Fiscal note:    None   

SIGNED INTO LAW

 

House Bill 21-1117   Representatives Susan Lontine & Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez & Senators Julie Gonzales & Robert Rodriguez

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY PROMOTE AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS

Clarifies that the existing authority of cities and counties to plan for and regulate the use of land includes the authority to regulate development or redevelopment in order to promote the construction of new affordable housing units. 

Fiscal note: None. 

Governor

 

House Bill 21-1121 Representatives Dominique Jackson and Iman Jodeh and Senator Julie Gonzales

RESIDENTIAL TENANCY PROCEDURES

Requires 10 days to execute Writ of restitution in evictions’ Limits rent increases to one annually.

Fiscal note: None

Senate State Second

 

House Bill 21- 1150 Representative Iman Jodeh

COLORADO OFFICE OF NEW AMERICANS

Formally creates the Office of New Americans in the Department of Labor, but with a broad mission including economic stability, and successful economic, social, linguistic, and cultural integration of immigrants and refugees in Colorado. 

Fiscal Note: Currently grant funded for another year. Also transfers federal Refugee Services dollars from CDHS to CDLE.

Senate Finance

 

House Bill 21-1194 Representatives Kerry Tipper and Naquetta Ricks and Senator Dominick Moreno

IMMIGRATION LEGAL DEFENSE FUND

Creates a grant program to provide representation to some of the indigent individuals in immigration deportation hearings in Colorado. 30% is also designated for preventative legal work outside metro Denver. 

Fiscal Note: $100,000/yr

Senate Judiciary

 

House Bill 21-1198 Representative Iman Jodeh and Senators Janet Buckner and Chris Kolker

HEALTH CARE BILLING REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIGENT PATIENTS

Sets an enforceable standard for discounted care. Ensures that hospital providers screen patients that want assistance for public coverage and discounts. Prohibits collection action unless they have screen patients and offered a fair payment plan first. 

Fiscal Note: $186,421 in 2021-22; $521,127 in 2022-2023

Senate Health and  Human Services

 

House Bill 21-1232 Representatives Dylan Roberts and Iman Jodeh and Senator Kerry Donovan

STANDARDIZED HEALTH BENEFIT PLAN COLORADO OPTION

In this two-staged bill, the Division of Insurance would create a standardized plan for 2023 with input from stakeholders. The plan would be offered in the individual and small group markets, and be designed to reduce health disparities. At the same time, insurance carriers would be directed to lower premiums by 10% the first year, compared with average premiums in 2021, and by 20% the second year. If those targeted savings were not achieved, the state would stand up the Colorado option, in which the standardized plan would be offered and limitations to reimbursement to providers would be imposed by the Commissioner of Insurance in order to achieve the desired 20% reduction in premium costs.

Fiscal Note: $866,684 in 2021-22; $790,424 in 2022-23

Senate Health and Human Services

 

OPPOSED

 

House Bill 21-1191 Reps Kim Ransom and Tonya Van Beber 

PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION COVID-19 VACCINE STATUS

Prohibits employers from taking adverse action against employees or applicants based on COVID19 vaccination status.

The state or a business cannot discriminate against customers based on COVID19 Vaccinee Status.

Fiscal note:  $21,904/yr

Postpone Indefinitely

 
 
 

 

 
Colorado’s Aging Demographics
Monday, May 17
 
Dear CSLC Members and Friends,
 
The Colorado Social Legislation Committee invites you to join us during the 2021 session of the Colorado General Assembly. Every week, our panels will feature advocates, legislators, and experts to discuss issues related to human needs, every Monday at noon.
 
We invite you to join us online Monday, May 17 at noon for a panel on the changing demographics of age in Colorado, with a focus on issues impacting seniors and how those changing priorities affect public policy.
 
 
 
Rep. Monica Duran
Colorado House District 24
 
Monica Duran (D) is a member of the Colorado House of Representatives, representing District 24. She serves as House Majority Co-Whip and is a member of the Appropriations, Business Affairs and Labor, and State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committees. She is the co-sponsor of SB21-158 to Increase Medical Providers for Senior Citizens. Prior to her involvement in the State legislature, Duran was a member of the Wheat Ridge City Council and a board member for the Jefferson Center for Mental Health. 
 
 
Sen. Joann Ginal
Colorado Senate District 14
 
Joann Ginal represents Larimer County in the Colorado Senate and previously served in the House from 2017-2019. She holds a Ph.D. in reproductive endocrinology from Colorado State University in 1997. She worked in the biological and medical fields for more than 20 years as a scientist with a focus in pharmacology, in research and most recently as a medical science liaison in medical affairs. She is a Master Naturalist with the city of Fort Collins. She serves on a number of committees: the Colorado Health Insurance Exchange Oversight Committee, Senate Health and Human Services Committee (Vice Chair), and the Senate Local Government Committee (Chair). She is also the Co-chair of the 2020-21 Legislative Caucus on Aging. 
 
 
Elizabeth Garner
Colorado State Demographer
 
Elizabeth Garner is the Colorado State Demographer with the Department of Local Affairs. She leads the State Demography Office, which produces population and economic estimates and forecasts for use by state agencies and local governments. Elizabeth has over 25 years of experience analyzing population and economic trends in the state, and her current areas of research include aging in Colorado, characteristics of migration, and poverty. Elizabeth is an economist and also a Colorado native, something only 43% of the state’s current population can claim.
 
 
Jayla Sanchez-Warren
Director, Area Agency on Aging
 
Ms. Sanchez-Warren is the Director of the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) at the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG). She has 31 years of experience in the field of aging and has worked for DRCOG for 29 years. She has spent her career serving, advocating and planning for older adults. She is responsible for developing the Metropolitan Denver Regional Plan on Aging every four years. She has improved internal systems, increased funding, expanded partnerships and developed resources and services for older adults and people living with disabilities in the region. Jayla is the co-founder of DRCOG’s Boomer Bond and encourages changes in the built environment that support life-long community living.
 
 
Where?
 
 When?
 
Monday,
 
May 17, 2021
 
12:00-1:15 PM
 
 
Upcoming Monday noon panels (subject to change):
 
May 24: Media Panel, Covering the 2021 Assembly
 
No panel on May 31/Memorial Day
 
Not a member yet? Need to renew for this year?
 
Become a member and support our work today!
 
 
 
Colorado Social Legislation Committee

May 3, 2021

 

SUPPORT

 

Senate Bill 21-158 Senators Jessie Danielson and Brittany Pettersen and Representatives Brianna Titone and Monica Duran

INCREASE MEDICAL PROVIDERS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

Modifies the Colorado Health Service Corps program to include education loan repayment for geriatric advanced practice providers.

Fiscal Note:$257,841 for 2021-22; $429,611 2022—23.

Senate Appropriations

 

Senate Bill 21-173   Senators Julie Gonzales & Dominick Moreno and Reps Yadira Caraveo and Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez

RIGHTS IN RESIDENTIAL LEASE AGREEMENTS

Limits late fees, prohibits evictions solely for unpaid late fees, adds financial penalty for illegal lock-outs by landlords, give renters more time to come up with rent to avoid eviction; eliminates bond requirement for court proceedings, bans lease clauses that provide financial incentives to landlords to evict. 

Fiscal Note: Was about $200,000 in initial bill, but amendments reduced costs substantially.
In House Business

 

Senate Bill 21-175 Senators Sonya Jaquez Lewis and Julie Gonzales and Representative Yadira Caraveo and Chris Kennedy

PRESCRIPTION DRUG AFFORDABILITY REVIEW BOARD

Creates an independent panel of experts to conduct affordability reviews and set upper payment limits for the most unaffordable drugs in Colorado. Manufacturers can appeal.

Fiscal Note: $793,569 in 2021-2; $481,479 in 2022-23

Senate Second

 

Senate Bill 21-187 Senator Jessie Danielson and Representative Dominique Jackson

DIALYSIS TREATMENT TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

Creates a Dialysis Transportation Provider Reimbursement Program within Department of Transportation. It would reimburse dialysis transportation providers who transport patients 50 or older who are not otherwise covered by Medicaid. Funded with per treatment fee on for-profit dialysis clinics. 

Fiscal Note: Fee funded – $4.5 Million/yr

Postponed Indefinitely

 

Senate Bill 21-199  Senators Sonya Jaquez Lewis and Faith Winter and Representatives Daneya Esgar and Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez

REMOVE BARRIERS TO CERTAIN PUBLIC OPPORTUNITIES

Repeals provisions that require a person to demonstrate lawful presence in U.S. to be eligible for certain public benefits and requires that lawful 

presence is not a requirement of eligibility for state or local public benefits as defined by U.S.C. sec.1621.

Fiscal Note:  $178,627 in 2021-22; $63,275 in 2022-23

Senate Appropriations

 

Senate Bill 21-200 Senators Faith Winter and Dominick Moreno and Representative Dominique Jackson

REDUCE GREENHOUSE GASSES; INCREASE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

This bill directs the Air Quality Control Commission in CDPHE to promulgate rules related to the greenhouse gas emission reductions spelled out in House Bill 12-1261. The bill also creates a position of Environmental Justice Ombudsman within CDPHE to advocate for and be a liaison to disproportionately impacted communities. 

Fiscal note:  $4.4 million general fund in 2021-2022, switching to $4 million/yr in fee funding.

Senate Appropriations

 

Senate Bill 21-246 Senator Steve Fenberg

ELECTRIC UTILITY PROMOTE BENEFICIAL ELECTRIFICATION

This bill requires investor- owned electric utilities to file beneficial electrification plans with the PUC.This is defined as converting a customer’s fuel source from non-electrical to high efficiency electrical. It targets 20% of program expenditure io low-income households or disproportionately affect communities.

 

Fiscal Note: $212,081 in 2021-22; $705,799 in 2022-23

Senate Appropriations

 

House Bill 21-1054 Representative Dominique Jackson  and Senator Julie Gonzales

HOUSING PUBLIC BENEFIT VERIFICATION REQUIREMENT

Creates exception for housing programs on requirement that applicants for public benefits verify lawful presence in the US unless otherwise required by federal law. 

Fiscal note:    None   

SIGNED INTO LAW

 

House Bill 21-1117   Representatives Susan Lontine & Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez & Senators Julie Gonzales & Robert Rodriguez

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY PROMOTE AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS

Clarifies that the existing authority of cities and counties to plan for and regulate the use of land includes the authority to regulate development or redevelopment in order to promote the construction of new affordable housing units. 

Fiscal note: None. 

Senate Third

 

House Bill 21-1121 Representatives Dominique Jackson and Iman Jodeh and Senator Julie Gonzales

RESIDENTIAL TENANCY PROCEDURES

Requires 10 days to execute Writ of restitution in evictions’ Limits rent increases to one annually.

Fiscal note: None

Senate State Affairs

 

House Bill 21- 1150 Representative Iman Jodeh

COLORADO OFFICE OF NEW AMERICANS

Formally creates the Office of New Americans in the Department of Labor, but with a broad mission including economic stability, and successful economic, social, linguistic, and cultural integration of immigrants and refugees in Colorado. 

Fiscal Note: Currently grant funded for another year. Also transfers federal Refugee Services dollars from CDHS to CDLE.

House Appropriations

 

House Bill 21-1194 Representatives Kerry Tipper and Naquetta Ricks and Senator Dominick Moreno

IMMIGRATION LEGAL DEFENSE FUND

Creates a grant program to provide representation to some of the indigent individuals in immigration deportation hearings in Colorado. 30% is also designated for preventative legal work outside metro Denver. 

Fiscal Note: $100,000/yr

House Approps

 

House Bill 21-1198 Representative Iman Jodeh and Senators Janet Buckner and Chris Kolker

HEALTH CARE BILLING REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIGENT PATIENTS

Sets an enforceable standard for discounted care. Ensures that hospital providers screen patients that want assistance for public coverage and discounts. Prohibits collection action unless they have screen patients and offered a fair payment plan first. 

Fiscal Note: $186,421 in 2021-22; $521,127 in 2022-2023

House Appropriations

 

House Bill 21-1232 Representatives Dylan Roberts and Iman Jodeh and Senator Kerry Donovan

STANDARDIZED HEALTH BENEFIT PLAN COLORADO OPTION

In this two-staged bill, the Division of Insurance would create a standardized plan for 2023 with input from stakeholders. The plan would be offered in the individual and small group markets, and be designed to reduce health disparities. At the same time, insurance carriers would be directed to lower premiums by 10% the first year, compared with average premiums in 2021, and by 20% the second year. If those targeted savings were not achieved, the state would stand up the Colorado option, in which the standardized plan would be offered and limitations to reimbursement to providers would be imposed by the Commissioner of Insurance in order to achieve the desired 20% reduction in premium costs.

Fiscal Note: $866,684 in 2021-22; $790,424 in 2022-23

House Appropriations

 

OPPOSED

 

House Bill 21-1191 Reps Kim Ransom and Tonya Van Beber 

PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION COVID-19 VACCINE STATUS

Prohibits employers from taking adverse action against employees or applicants based on COVID19 vaccination status.

The state or a business cannot discriminate against customers based on COVID19 Vaccinee Status.

Fiscal note:  $21,904/yr

House Health Insurance

April 5, 2021  

CSLC Bill Positions

April 5, 2021

 

SUPPORT SB 21-071
Reducing the number of detained youth accords with current juvenile
crime statistics and will not endanger Colorado communities

INCARCERATE FEWER KIDS

Juvenile Crime is Decreasing
 Juvenile crime has been decreasing since 2016.
o Before COVID, juvenile arrests were steadily dropping – decreasing by 8% between
2018 and 2019 and 10% between 2017 and 2018. COVID caused a much bigger
decrease (52%).
o Juvenile filings for non-violent arrests saw similarly steep declines during COVID
(Trespass and mischief: 34.4%; Drug crimes: 50%; Other non-violent crimes: 29.2%).
 COVID-19 had a much more limited impact on filings for juvenile violent crime.
o Juvenile filings for violent crimes were declining before COVID, 6% between 2018 and
2019. Between 2019 and 2020, charges against kids for violent crimes dropped by just
8%.
o The decrease in arrests during COVID-19 has thus been largely in arrests for non-
violent crimes, suggesting that law enforcement is releasing or issuing summons to kids
who are not involved in violence. Continuing this trend is good for kids and communities.

What if there is an increase in juvenile violent crime?
 The average population of detained children has been 145-161 since June 2020. Looking at
the high estimate, Colorado currently has about 160 kids detained at a time.
 If juvenile violent crime returned to 2018 levels, the highest rate in five years, it would increase
by approximately 14%. Still, only 182 beds would be required, well below 200.
 Even if juvenile violent crime increased by 25% today, more than twice any change occurring
between 2016 and 2019 (excluding the exceptional disruption caused by COVID-19), no more
than 200 beds would be required.

SUPPORT

 

Senate Bill 21-158 Senators Jessie Danielson and Brittany Pettersen and Representatives Brianna Titone and Monica Duran

INCREASE MEDICAL PROVIDERS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

Modifies the Colorado Health Service Corps program to include education loan repayment for geriatric advanced practice providers.

Fiscal Note:$257,841 for 2021-22; $429,611 2022—23.

Senate Appropriations

 

Senate Bill 21-173   Senators Julie Gonzales & Dominick Moreno and Reps Yadira Caraveo and Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez

RIGHTS IN RESIDENTIAL LEASE AGREEMENTS

Limits late fees, prohibits evictions solely for unpaid late fees, adds financial penalty for illegal lock-outs by landlords, give renters more time to come up with rent to avoid eviction; eliminates bond requirement for court proceedings, bans lease clauses that provide financial incentives to landlords to evict. 

Fiscal Note: Was about $200,000 in initial bill, but amendments reduced costs substantially.
In Senate Second

 

Senate Bill 21-175 Senators Sonya Jaquez Lewis and Julie Gonzales and Representative Yadira Caraveo and Chris Kennedy

PRESCRIPTION DRUG AFFORDABILITY REVIEW BOARD

Creates an independent panel of experts to conduct affordability reviews and set upper payment limits for the most unaffordable drugs in Colorado. Manufacturers can appeal.

Fiscal Note: $793,569 in 2021-2; $481,479 in 2022-23

Senate Appropriations Committee

 

Senate Bill 21-187 Senator Jessie Danielson and Representative Dominique Jackson

DIALYSIS TREATMENT TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

Creates a Dialysis Transportation Provider Reimbursement Program within Department of Transportation. It would reimburse dialysis transportation providers who transport patients 50 or older who are not otherwise covered by Medicaid. Funded with per treatment fee on for-profit dialysis clinics. 

Fiscal Note: TBD

Senate Finance

 

Senate Bill 21-199  Senators Sonya Jaquez Lewis and Faith Winter and Representatives Daneya Esgar and Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez

REMOVE BARRIERS TO CERTAIN PUBLIC OPPORTUNITIES

Repeals provisions that require a person to demonstrate lawful presence in U.S. to be eligible for certain public benefits and requires that lawful 

presence is not a requirement of eligibility for state or local public benefits as defined by U.S.C. sec.1621.

Fiscal Note:  TBD

Senate State Affairs

 

House Bill 21-1054 Representative Dominique Jackson  and Senator Julie Gonzales

HOUSING PUBLIC BENEFIT VERIFICATION REQUIREMENT

Creates exception for housing programs on requirement that applicants for public benefits verify lawful presence in the US unless otherwise required by federal law. 

Fiscal note:    None   

Governor

 

House Bill 21-1117   Representatives Susan Lontine & Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez & Senators Julie Gonzales & Robert Rodriguez

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY PROMOTE AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS

Clarifies that the existing authority of cities and counties to plan for and regulate the use of land includes the authority to regulate development or redevelopment in order to promote the construction of new affordable housing units. 

Fiscal note: None. 

Senate State Affairs

 

House Bill 21-1121 Representatives Dominique Jackson and Iman Jodeh and Senator Julie Gonzales

RESIDENTIAL TENANCY PROCEDURES

Requires 10 days to execute Writ of restitution in evictions’ Limits rent increases to one annually.

Fiscal note: None

Senate

 

House Bill 21- 1150 Representative Iman Jodeh

COLORADO OFFICE OF NEW AMERICANS

Formally creates the Office of New Americans in the Department of Labor, but with a broad mission including economic stability, and successful economic, social, linguistic, and cultural integration of immigrants and refugees in Colorado. 

Fiscal Note: TBD

House State Affairs

 

House Bill 21-1194 Representatives Kerry Tipper and Naquetta Ricks and Senator Dominick Moreno

IMMIGRATION LEGAL DEFENSE FUND

Creates a grant program to provide representation to some of the indigent individuals in immigration deportation hearings in Colorado. 30% is also designated for preventative legal work outside metro Denver. 

Fiscal Note: $100,000/yr

House Approps

 

House Bill 21-1198 Representative Iman Jodeh and Senators Janet Buckner and Chris Kolker

HEALTH CARE BILLING REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIGENT PATIENTS

Sets an enforceable standard for discounted care. Ensures that hospital providers screen patients that want assistance for public coverage and discounts. Prohibits collection action unless they have screen patients and offered a fair payment plan first. 

Fiscal Note: $186,421 in 2021-22; $521,127 in 2022-2023

House Health Insurance Committee

 

House Bill 21-1232 Representatives Dylan Roberts and Iman Jodeh and Senator Kerry Donovan

STANDARDIZED HEALTH BENEFIT PLAN COLORADO OPTION

In this two-staged bill, the Division of Insurance would create a standardized plan for 2023 with input from stakeholders. The plan would be offered in the individual and small group markets, and be designed to reduce health disparities. At the same time, insurance carriers would be directed to lower premiums by 10% the first year, compared with average premiums in 2021, and by 20% the second year. If those targeted savings were not achieved, the state would stand up the Colorado option, in which the standardized plan would be offered and limitations to reimbursement to providers would be imposed by the Commissioner of Insurance in order to achieve the desired 20% reduction in premium costs.

Fiscal Note: $866,684 in 2021-22; $790,424 in 2022-23

House Health Insurance Committee

 

OPPOSED

 

House Bill 21-1191 Reps Kim Ransom and Tonya Van Beber 

PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION COVID-19 VACCINE STATUS

Prohibits employers from taking adverse action against employees or applicants based on COVID19 vaccination status.

The state or a business cannot discriminate against customers based on COVID19 Vaccinee Status.

Fiscal note:  $21,904/yr

House Health Insurance

 

CSLC Bill Positions

March 30, 2021

SUPPORT

Senate Bill 21-173 Senators Julie Gonzales & Dominick Moreno and Reps Yadira Caraveo and
Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez
RIGHTS IN RESIDENTIAL LEASE AGREEMENTS
Limits late fees, prohibits evictions solely for unpaid late fees, adds financial penalty for illegal lock-outs by landlords, give
renters more time to come up with rent to avoid eviction; eliminates bond requirement for court proceedings, bans lease
clauses that provide financial incentives to landlords to evict.
Fiscal Note: Was about $200,000 in initial bill, but amendments reduced costs substantially.
In Senate Appropriations
Senate Bill 21-175 Senators Sonya Jaquez Lewis and Julie Gonzales and Representative Yadira
Caraveo and Chris Kennedy
PRESCRIPTION DRUG AFFORDABILITY REVIEW BOARD
Creates an independent panel of experts to conduct affordability reviews and set upper payment limits for the most
unaffordable drugs in Colorado. Manufacturers can appeal.
Fiscal Note: $793,569 in 2021-2; $481,479 in 2022-23
Senate Appropriations Committee
House Bill 21-1054 Representative Dominique Jackson and Senator Julie Gonzales
HOUSING PUBLIC BENEFIT VERIFICATION REQUIREMENT
Creates exception for housing programs on requirement that applicants for public benefits verify lawful presence in the US
unless otherwise required by federal law.
Fiscal note: None
Senate Third
House Bill 21-1117 Representatives Susan Lontine & Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez & Senators Julie
Gonzales & Robert Rodriguez
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY PROMOTE AFFORDABLE
HOUSING UNITS
Clarifies that the existing authority of cities and counties to plan for and regulate the use of land includes the authority to
regulate development or redevelopment in order to promote the construction of new affordable housing units. 
Fiscal note: None.
Senate State Affairs
House Bill 21-1121 Representatives Dominique Jackson and Iman Jodeh and Senator Julie Gonzales
RESIDENTIAL TENANCY PROCEDURES
Requires 10 days to execute Writ of restitution in evictions’ Limits rent increases to one annually.
Fiscal note: None
House Second

House Bill 21- 1150 Representative Iman Jodeh
COLORADO OFFICE OF NEW AMERICANS
Formally creates the Office of New Americans in the Department of Labor, but with a broad mission including economic
stability, and successful economic, social, linguistic, and cultural integration of immigrants and refugees in Colorado.
Fiscal Note: TBD
House State Affairs
House Bill 21-1194 Representatives Kerry Tipper and Naquetta Ricks and Senator Dominick Moreno
IMMIGRATION LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
Creates a grant program to provide representation to some of the indigent individuals in immigration deportation hearings
in Colorado. 30% is also designated for preventative legal work outside metro Denver.
Fiscal Note: $100,000/yr
House Judiciary Committee
House Bill 21-1198 Representative Iman Jodeh and Senators Janet Buckner and Chris Kolker
HEALTH CARE BILLING REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIGENT PATIENTS
Sets an enforceable standard for discounted care. Ensures that hospital providers screen patients that want assistance for
public coverage and discounts. Prohibits collection action unless they have screen patients and offered a fair payment
plan first.
Fiscal Note: TBD
House Health Insurance Committee
House Bill 21-1232 Representatives Dylan Roberts and Iman Jodeh and Senator Kerry Donovan
STANDARDIZED HEALTH BENEFIT PLAN COLORADO OPTION
In this two-staged bill, the Division of Insurance would create a standardized plan for 2023 with input from stakeholders.
The plan would be offered in the individual and small group markets, and be designed to reduce health disparities. At the
same time, insurance carriers would be directed to lower premiums by 10% the first year, compared with average
premiums in 2021, and by 20% the second year. If those targeted savings were not achieved, the state would stand up
the Colorado option, in which the standardized plan would be offered and limitations to reimbursement to providers would
be imposed by the Commissioner of Insurance in order to achieve the desired 20% reduction in premium costs.
Fiscal Note: TBD
House Health Insurance Committee

OPPOSED
House Bill 21-1191 Reps Kim Ransom and Tonya Van Beber
PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION COVID-19 VACCINE STATUS
Prohibits employers from taking adverse action against employees or applicants based on COVID19 vaccination status.
The state or a business cannot discriminate against customers based on COVID19 Vaccinee Status.
Fiscal note: $21,904/yr
House Health Insurance

REQUEST FOR SUPPORT (Vote on April 5)

Senate Bill 21-158 Senators Jessie Danielson and Brittany Pettersen and Representatives Brianna
Titone and Monica Duran
INCREASE MEDICAL PROVIDERS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS
Modifies the Colorado Health Service Corps program to include education loan repayment for geriatric advanced practice providers.
Fiscal Note:$257,841 for 2021-22; $429,611 2022—23.
Senate Appropriations

CSLC

P.O. Box 181032 • Denver, Colorado 80203
cslc.news@gmail.comhttp://www.cslc.org @cslcnews

Senate Bill 21-187 Senator Jessie Danielson and Representative Dominique Jackson
DIALYSIS TREATMENT TRANSPORTATION FUNDING
Creates a Dialysis Transportation Provider Reimbursement Program within Department of Transportation. It would reimburse dialysis transportation
providers who transport patients 50 or older who are not otherwise covered by Medicaid. Funded with per treatment fee on for-profit dialysis clinics.
Fiscal Note: TBD
Senate Finance
Senate Bill 21-199 Senators Sonya Jaquez Lewis and Faith Winter and Representatives Daneya
Esgar and Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez
REMOVE BARRIERS TO CERTAIN PUBLIC OPPORTUNITIES
Repeals provisions that require a person to demonstrate lawful presence in U.S. to be eligible for certain public benefits and requires that lawful
presence is not a requirement of eligibility for state or local public benefits as defined by U.S.C. sec.1621.
Fiscal Note: TBD
Senate State Affairs

CSLC Bill Positions

P.O. Box 181032 • Denver, Colorado 80203
cslc.news@gmail.comhttp://www.cslc.org @cslcnews

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March 22, 2021

 

SUPPORT

 

Senate Bill 21-173   Senators Julie Gonzales & Dominick Moreno and Reps Yadira Caraveo and Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez

RIGHTS IN RESIDENTIAL LEASE AGREEMENTS

Limits late fees, prohibits evictions solely for unpaid late fees, adds financial penalty for illegal lock-outs by landlords, give renters more time to come up with rent to avoid eviction; eliminates bond requirement for court proceedings, bans lease clauses that provide financial incentives to landlords to evict. 

Fiscal Note: Was about $200,000 in initial bill, but amendments reduced costs substantially.
In Senate Appropriations

 

Senate Bill 21-175 Senators Sonya Jaquez Lewis and Julie Gonzales and Representative Yadira Caraveo and Chris Kennedy

PRESCRIPTION DRUG AFFORDABILITY REVIEW BOARD

Creates an independent panel of experts to conduct affordability reviews and set upper payment limits for the most unaffordable drugs in Colorado. Manufacturers can appeal.

Fiscal Note: $793,569 in 2021-2; $481,479 in 2022-23

Senate Appropriations Committee

 

House Bill 21-1054 Representative Dominique Jackson  and Senator Julie Gonzales

HOUSING PUBLIC BENEFIT VERIFICATION REQUIREMENT

Creates exception for housing programs on requirement that applicants for public benefits verify lawful presence in the US unless otherwise required by federal law. 

Fiscal note:    None   

Senate State Affairs

 

House Bill 21-1117   Representatives Susan Lontine & Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez & Senators Julie Gonzales & Robert Rodriguez

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY PROMOTE AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS

Clarifies that the existing authority of cities and counties to plan for and regulate the use of land includes the authority to regulate development or redevelopment in order to promote the construction of new affordable housing units. 

Fiscal note: None. 

House Third  Reading

 

House Bill 21-1121 Representatives Dominique Jackson and Iman Jodeh and Senator Julie Gonzales

RESIDENTIAL TENANCY PROCEDURES

Requires 10 days to execute Writ of restitution in evictions’ Limits rent increases to one annually.

Fiscal note: None

House Appropriations

 

House Bill 21-1198 Representative Iman Jodeh and Senators Janet Buckner and Chris Kolker

HEALTH CARE BILLING REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIGENT PATIENTS

Sets an enforceable standard for discounted care. Ensures that hospital providers screen patients that want assistance for public coverage and discounts. Prohibits collection action unless they have screen patients and offered a fair payment plan first. 

Fiscal Note: TBD

House Health Insurance Committee

 

House Bill 21-1232 Representatives Dylan Roberts and Iman Jodeh and Senator Kerry Donovan

STANDARDIZED HEALTH BENEFIT PLAN COLORADO OPTION

In this two-staged bill, the Division of Insurance would create a standardized plan for 2023 with input from stakeholders. The plan would be offered in the individual and small group markets, and be designed to reduce health disparities. At the same time, insurance carriers would be directed to lower premiums by 10% the first year, compared with average premiums in 2021, and by 20% the second year. If those targeted savings were not achieved, the state would stand up the Colorado option, in which the standardized plan would be offered and limitations to reimbursement to providers would be imposed by the Commissioner of Insurance in order to achieve the desired 20% reduction in premium costs.

Fiscal Note: TBD

House Health Insurance Committee

 

OPPOSED

 

House Bill 21-1191 Reps Kim Ransom and Tonya Van Beber 

PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION COVID-19 VACCINE STATUS

Prohibits employers from taking adverse action against employees or applicants based on COVID19 vaccination status.

The state or a business cannot discriminate against customers based on COVID19 Vaccinee Status.

Fiscal note:  TBD

House Health Insurance

 

REQUEST FOR SUPPORT (Vote on March 29)

 

House Bill 21- 1150 Representative Iman Jodeh

COLORADO OFFICE OF NEW AMERICANS

Formally creates the Office of New Americans in the Department of Labor, but with a broad mission including economic stability, and successful economic, social, linguistic, and cultural integration of immigrants and refugees in Colorado. 

Fiscal Note: TBD

House State Affairs

 

House Bill 21-1194 Representatives Kerry Tipper and Naquetta Ricks and Senator Dominick Moreno

IMMIGRATION LEGAL DEFENSE FUND

Creates a grant program to provide representation to some of the indigent individuals in immigration deportation hearings in Colorado. 30% is also designated for preventative legal work outside metro Denver. 

Fiscal Note: TBD

House Judiciary Committee

 

CSLC Bill Positions

As of March 22, 2021

 

REQUEST FOR EXPEDITED SUPPORT (Vote on March 22) 

 

Senate Bill 21-175 Senators Sonya Jaquez Lewis and Julie Gonzales and Representative Yadira Caraveo and Chris Kennedy

PRESCRIPTION DRUG AFFORDABILITY REVIEW BOARD

Click here for fact sheet on PDAB

Creates an independent panel of experts to conduct affordability reviews and set upper payment limits for the most unaffordable drugs in Colorado. Manufacturers can appeal.

Fiscal Note: $793,569 in 2021-2; $481,479 in 2022-23

Senate Appropriations Committee

 

House Bill 21-1232 Representatives Dylan Roberts and Iman Jodeh and Senator Kerry Donovan

STANDARDIZED HEALTH BENEFIT PLAN COLORADO OPTION

Click here for fact sheet on Colorado Option

In this two-staged bill, the Division of Insurance would create a standardized plan for 2023 with input from stakeholders. The plan would be offered in the individual and small group markets, and be designed to reduce health disparities. At the same time, insurance carriers would be directed to lower premiums by 10% the first year, compared with average premiums in 2021, and by 20% the second year. If those targeted savings were not achieved, the state would stand up the Colorado option, in which the standardized plan would be offered and limitations to reimbursement to providers would be imposed by the Commissioner of Insurance in order to achieve the desired 20% reduction in premium costs.

Fiscal Note: TBD

House Health Insurance Committee

 

House Bill 21-1198 Representative Iman Jodeh and Senators Janet Buckner and Chris Kolker

HEALTH CARE BILLING REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIGENT PATIENTS

Sets an enforceable standard for discounted care. Ensures that hospital providers screen patients that want assistance for public coverage and discounts. Prohibits collection action unless they have screen patients and offered a fair payment plan first. 

Fiscal Note: TBD

House Health Insurance Committee

CSLC Bill Positions

March 30, 2021

SUPPORT

Senate Bill 21-173 Senators Julie Gonzales & Dominick Moreno and Reps Yadira Caraveo and
Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez
RIGHTS IN RESIDENTIAL LEASE AGREEMENTS
Limits late fees, prohibits evictions solely for unpaid late fees, adds financial penalty for illegal lock-outs by landlords, give
renters more time to come up with rent to avoid eviction; eliminates bond requirement for court proceedings, bans lease
clauses that provide financial incentives to landlords to evict.
Fiscal Note: Was about $200,000 in initial bill, but amendments reduced costs substantially.
In Senate Appropriations
Senate Bill 21-175 Senators Sonya Jaquez Lewis and Julie Gonzales and Representative Yadira
Caraveo and Chris Kennedy
PRESCRIPTION DRUG AFFORDABILITY REVIEW BOARD
Creates an independent panel of experts to conduct affordability reviews and set upper payment limits for the most
unaffordable drugs in Colorado. Manufacturers can appeal.
Fiscal Note: $793,569 in 2021-2; $481,479 in 2022-23
Senate Appropriations Committee
House Bill 21-1054 Representative Dominique Jackson and Senator Julie Gonzales
HOUSING PUBLIC BENEFIT VERIFICATION REQUIREMENT
Creates exception for housing programs on requirement that applicants for public benefits verify lawful presence in the US
unless otherwise required by federal law.
Fiscal note: None
Senate Third
House Bill 21-1117 Representatives Susan Lontine & Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez & Senators Julie
Gonzales & Robert Rodriguez
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY PROMOTE AFFORDABLE
HOUSING UNITS
Clarifies that the existing authority of cities and counties to plan for and regulate the use of land includes the authority to
regulate development or redevelopment in order to promote the construction of new affordable housing units. 
Fiscal note: None.
Senate State Affairs
House Bill 21-1121 Representatives Dominique Jackson and Iman Jodeh and Senator Julie Gonzales
RESIDENTIAL TENANCY PROCEDURES
Requires 10 days to execute Writ of restitution in evictions’ Limits rent increases to one annually.
Fiscal note: None
House Second

House Bill 21- 1150 Representative Iman Jodeh
COLORADO OFFICE OF NEW AMERICANS
Formally creates the Office of New Americans in the Department of Labor, but with a broad mission including economic
stability, and successful economic, social, linguistic, and cultural integration of immigrants and refugees in Colorado.
Fiscal Note: TBD
House State Affairs
House Bill 21-1194 Representatives Kerry Tipper and Naquetta Ricks and Senator Dominick Moreno
IMMIGRATION LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
Creates a grant program to provide representation to some of the indigent individuals in immigration deportation hearings
in Colorado. 30% is also designated for preventative legal work outside metro Denver.
Fiscal Note: $100,000/yr
House Judiciary Committee
House Bill 21-1198 Representative Iman Jodeh and Senators Janet Buckner and Chris Kolker
HEALTH CARE BILLING REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIGENT PATIENTS
Sets an enforceable standard for discounted care. Ensures that hospital providers screen patients that want assistance for
public coverage and discounts. Prohibits collection action unless they have screen patients and offered a fair payment
plan first.
Fiscal Note: TBD
House Health Insurance Committee
House Bill 21-1232 Representatives Dylan Roberts and Iman Jodeh and Senator Kerry Donovan
STANDARDIZED HEALTH BENEFIT PLAN COLORADO OPTION
In this two-staged bill, the Division of Insurance would create a standardized plan for 2023 with input from stakeholders.
The plan would be offered in the individual and small group markets, and be designed to reduce health disparities. At the
same time, insurance carriers would be directed to lower premiums by 10% the first year, compared with average
premiums in 2021, and by 20% the second year. If those targeted savings were not achieved, the state would stand up
the Colorado option, in which the standardized plan would be offered and limitations to reimbursement to providers would
be imposed by the Commissioner of Insurance in order to achieve the desired 20% reduction in premium costs.
Fiscal Note: TBD
House Health Insurance Committee

OPPOSED
House Bill 21-1191 Reps Kim Ransom and Tonya Van Beber
PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION COVID-19 VACCINE STATUS
Prohibits employers from taking adverse action against employees or applicants based on COVID19 vaccination status.
The state or a business cannot discriminate against customers based on COVID19 Vaccinee Status.
Fiscal note: $21,904/yr
House Health Insurance

REQUEST FOR SUPPORT (Vote on April 5)

Senate Bill 21-158 Senators Jessie Danielson and Brittany Pettersen and Representatives Brianna
Titone and Monica Duran
INCREASE MEDICAL PROVIDERS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS
Modifies the Colorado Health Service Corps program to include education loan repayment for geriatric advanced practice providers.
Fiscal Note:$257,841 for 2021-22; $429,611 2022—23.
Senate Appropriations

CSLC

P.O. Box 181032 • Denver, Colorado 80203
cslc.news@gmail.comhttp://www.cslc.org @cslcnews

Senate Bill 21-187 Senator Jessie Danielson and Representative Dominique Jackson
DIALYSIS TREATMENT TRANSPORTATION FUNDING
Creates a Dialysis Transportation Provider Reimbursement Program within Department of Transportation. It would reimburse dialysis transportation
providers who transport patients 50 or older who are not otherwise covered by Medicaid. Funded with per treatment fee on for-profit dialysis clinics.
Fiscal Note: TBD
Senate Finance
Senate Bill 21-199 Senators Sonya Jaquez Lewis and Faith Winter and Representatives Daneya
Esgar and Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez
REMOVE BARRIERS TO CERTAIN PUBLIC OPPORTUNITIES
Repeals provisions that require a person to demonstrate lawful presence in U.S. to be eligible for certain public benefits and requires that lawful
presence is not a requirement of eligibility for state or local public benefits as defined by U.S.C. sec.1621.
Fiscal Note: TBD
Senate State Affairs

REQUEST FOR SUPPORT (Vote on March 29)

 

House Bill 21- 1150 Representative Iman Jodeh

COLORADO OFFICE OF NEW AMERICANS

Formally creates the Office of New Americans in the Department of Labor, but with a broad mission including economic stability, and successful economic, social, linguistic, and cultural integration of immigrants and refugees in Colorado. 

Fiscal Note: TBD

House State Affairs

 

House Bill 21-1194 Representatives Kerry Tipper and Naquetta Ricks and Senator Dominick Moreno

IMMIGRATION LEGAL DEFENSE FUND

Creates a grant program to provide representation to some of the indigent individuals in immigration deportation hearings in Colorado. 30% is also designated for preventative legal work outside metro Denver. 

Fiscal Note: TBD

House Judiciary Committee

 

CURRENTLY SUPPORTING

 

Senate Bill 21-173   Senators Julie Gonzales & Dominick Moreno and Reps Yadira Caraveo and Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez

RIGHTS IN RESIDENTIAL LEASE AGREEMENTS

Limits late fees, prohibits evictions solely for unpaid late fees, adds financial penalty for illegal lock-outs by landlords, give renters more time to come up with rent to avoid eviction; eliminates bond requirement for court proceedings, bans lease clauses that provide financial incentives to landlords to evict. 

Fiscal Note: Was about $200,000 in initial bill, but amendments reduced costs substantially.
In Senate Appropriations

 

House Bill 21-1117   Representatives Susan Lontine & Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez & Senators Julie Gonzales & Robert Rodriguez

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY PROMOTE AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS

Clarifies that the existing authority of cities and counties to plan for and regulate the use of land includes the authority to regulate development or redevelopment in order to promote the construction of new affordable housing units. 

Fiscal note: None. 

House Third  Reading

 

House Bill 21-1121 Representatives Dominique Jackson and Iman Jodeh and Senator Julie Gonzales

RESIDENTIAL TENANCY PROCEDURES

Requires 10 days to execute Writ of restitution in evictions’ Limits rent increases to one annually.

Fiscal note: None

House Appropriations

 

House Bill 21-1054 Representative Dominique Jackson  and Senator Julie Gonzales

HOUSING PUBLIC BENEFIT VERIFICATION REQUIREMENT

Creates exception for housing programs on requirement that applicants for public benefits verify lawful presence in the US unless otherwise required by federal law. 

Fiscal note:    None   

Senate State Affairs

 

OPPOSED

 

House Bill 21-1191 Reps Kim Ransom and Tonya Van Beber 

PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION COVID-19 VACCINE STATUS

Prohibits employers from taking adverse action against employees or applicants based on COVID19 vaccination status.

The state or a business cannot discriminate against customers based on COVID19 Vaccinee Status.

Fiscal note:  TBD

House Health Insurance

 

CSLC Bill Positions

March 12, 2021

REQUEST FOR SUPPORT

Senate Bill 21-173   Senators Julie Gonzales & Dominick Moreno and Reps Yadira Caraveo and Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez

RIGHTS IN RESIDENTIAL LEASE AGREEMENTS

Limits late fees, prohibits evictions solely for unpaid late fees, adds financial penalty for illegal lock-outs by landlords, give renters more time to come up with rent to avoid eviction; eliminates bond requirement for court proceedings, bans lease clauses that provide financial incentives to landlords to evict. 

Fiscal Note: TBD
In Senate State Affairs

House Bill 21-1117   Representatives Susan Lontine & Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez & Senators Julie Gonzales & Robert Rodriguez

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY PROMOTE AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS

Clarifies that the existing authority of cities and counties to plan for and regulate the use of land includes the authority to regulate development or redevelopment in order to promote the construction of new affordable housing units. 

Fiscal note: None. 

House Second Reading

House Bill 21-1121 Representatives Dominique Jackson and Iman Jodeh and Senator Julie Gonzales

RESIDENTIAL TENANCY PROCEDURES

Requires 10 days to execute Writ of restitution in evictions’ Limits rent increases to one annually.

Fiscal note:    $28,148 in 2021-22; $21,707 in 2022-23   

House Appropriations

House Bill 21-1054 Representative Dominique Jackson  and Senator Julie Gonzales

HOUSING PUBLIC BENEFIT VERIFICATION REQUIREMENT

Creates exception for housing programs on requirement that applicants for public benefits verify lawful presence in the US unless otherwise required by federal law. 

Fiscal note:    None   

Senate State Affairs

REQUEST FOR OPPOSITION

House Bill 21-1191 Reps Kim Ransom and Tonya Van Beber 

Prohibit Discrimination COVID-19 Vaccine Status

Prohibits employers from taking adverse action against employees or applicants based on COVID19 vaccination status.

The state or a business cannot discriminate against customers based on COVID19 Vaccinee Status.

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